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Akron Beacon Journal Editorial Board Briefing - February 17, 2003 TRENDS IN FEDERAL CAMPAIGN SPENDING, * Dr. David B. Cohen Associate Professor of Political Science Fellow, Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics The University of Akron Dr. David B. Cohen Associate Professor of Political Science Fellow, Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics The University of Akron *All data drawn from Center for Responsive Politics (opensecrets.org).
Akron Beacon Journal Editorial Board Briefing - February 17, 2003 TOTAL COST OF OUTSIDE SPENDING,
Akron Beacon Journal Editorial Board Briefing - February 17, SPENDING BY SUPER PACS (OVER $1 MIL) Group Independent View* Expend American Crossroads$21,553,277C America’s Families First Action Fund $5,878,743L Club for Growth Action$4,996,980C NEA Advocacy Fund $4,200,000L Women Vote! $3,628,645L Commonsense Ten $3,257,033L Our Future Ohio PAC $3,068,144L Patriot Majority$1,968,700L Super PAC for America $1,633,786C First Amendment Alliance $1,487,861C New Prosperity Foundation $1,478,923C Alaskans Standing Together $1,260,000C Ending Spending Fund $1,150,000C Nat’l Assn of Realtors Congressional Fund $1,097,266X
Akron Beacon Journal Editorial Board Briefing - February 17, 2003 TOP 10 SPENDING BY 527S IN 2010 Committee Total Receipts Total Expend American Solutions Winning the Future$28,233,447$28,419,764 Service Employees International Union$14,923,663$15,534,072 Citizens United$9,211,311$9,185,145 EMILY’s List$9,001,964$10,439,329 America Votes$8,883,561$11,237,974 College Republican National Cmte$8,389,738$8,621,662 National Education Assn$7,394,838$7,503,113 Citizens for Strength & Security$7,127,814$7,216,173 American Crossroads$6,700,312$1,408,323 GOPAC$5,600,547$5,210,328
Akron Beacon Journal Editorial Board Briefing - February 17, 2003 TOP 10 INDIVIDUAL DONORS IN 2010 RankDonorOrganization/OccupationTotalViewpoint* 1Perry, Robert J. & DoylenePerry Homes$7,100,000C Houston, TX 2Hughes, B. Wayne Sr.Public Storage Inc$3,500,000C Lexington, KY 3Eshelman, FredPharmaceutical Product Development Inc $2,979,535C Wilmington, NC 4Rowling, Robert B. & Terry H.TRT Holdings$2,500,000C Dallas, TX 5Rees-Jones, Trevor & JanChief Oil & Gas$2,000,000C Dallas, TX 6Ricketts, John J. & Marlene M.TD Ameritrade$1,160,000C Omaha, NE 7Sussman, S. DonaldPaloma Partners$1,100,000L Greenwich, CT 8Hunter, Michael & RachelConsultant$1,072,000L Houston, TX 9Perenchio, A. Jerrold & MargaretChartwell Partners$1,000,000C Los Angeles, CA 10Stephens, Jackson T. Jr.Exoxemis Inc$775,206C Little Rock, AR
Akron Beacon Journal Editorial Board Briefing - February 17, 2003 TOP 10 OUTSIDE SPENDING BY GROUPS IN 2010 GroupTotalView* IndependentElecCommSuper 527s † 501c ExpendituresCommCostsPAC Democratic Congressional Campaign Cmte $66,187,836L $0 National Republican Congressional Cmte $46,240,566C $0 Democratic Senatorial Campaign Cmte $40,881,597L $0 US Chamber of Commerce $32,851,997C$0$32,851,997$0 X American Action Network $26,088,031C$5,669,821$20,418,210$0 X National Republican Senatorial Cmte $25,893,910C $0 American Crossroads$21,553,277C $0 XX Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies $17,122,446C$16,017,664$1,104,782$0 X Service Employees International Union $15,795,194L$15,692,364$0$102,830 X American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees $12,631,170L$11,995,182$68,539$567,449 X
Akron Beacon Journal Editorial Board Briefing - February 17, 2003 TOP 10 DISCLOSED OUTSIDE SPENDING BY DONORS’ INDUSTRIES IN 2010 RankIndustryTotalFrom OrgsFrom IndivTo LiberalsTo Conservs 1Public Sector Unions$10,819,307$10,819,057$250$10,813,750$0 2Misc Unions$8,597,684 $0$8,497,684$0 3Securities & Investment $7,640,270$130,500$7,509,770$2,546,500$5,093,770 4Home Builders$7,137,500$250$7,137,250$1,250$7,111,250 5Democratic/Liberal$5,381,672$5,285,307$96,365$5,272,322$0 6Retired$4,730,315$500$4,729,815$1,595,639$3,130,471 7Pharmaceuticals/ Health Products $4,254,140$305,000$3,949,140$206,649$4,047,491 8Lodging/Tourism$4,209,250$1,500,000$2,709,250$202,750$4,006,500 9Misc Business$3,825,665$0$3,825,665$72,803$3,622,862 10Oil & Gas$3,715,507$1,047,500$2,668,007$31,500$3,684,007
Akron Beacon Journal Editorial Board Briefing - February 17, 2003 ANONYMOUS/CORPORATE DONORS According to office of NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, independent groups that do not disclose the identity of their donors spent $132.5 million to influence the 2010 elections. Anonymous or unlimited corporate spending allowed by Citizens United ruling represented 15% of all federal political spending in 2010.
Akron Beacon Journal Editorial Board Briefing - February 17, 2003 THE FUTURE Politico article: “To Right, Citizens United Just a Start.” Mar. 18, “Not satisfied by the 2010 Supreme Court ruling that opened the floodgates to corporate-sponsored election ads, conservative opponents of campaign finance regulations have opened up a series of new legal fronts in their effort to eliminate the remaining laws restricting the flow of money into politics. They have taken to Congress, state legislatures and the lower courts to target almost every type of regulation on the books: disclosure requirements, bans on foreign and corporate contributions and – in a pair of cases the Supreme Court will consider this month – party spending limits and public financing of campaigns…. While liberals have framed the assault on campaign spending restrictions as part of a vast corporate conspiracy, funded by the billionaire industrialist Koch brothers, to elect Republicans, it’s not just conservative groups challenging the campaign laws.” E.g. ACLU amicus brief support of Citizens United