For an example of the fluidity of campaign finance rules, as well as the tangled web of connections between candidates and super PACs, look no further than the digital consulting firm Targeted Victory.
It’s campaign season 2012, and how much is your favorite super PAC spending? The telltale signs of democracy in action these days include headlines like the one above, accounting for the giant sum racked up by the pro-Mitt Romney super PAC “Restore Our Future,” one of the monstrosities created by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling.
By Kim Barker, Al Shaw and Ariel Wittenberg, ProPublica —
Recent nonprofit fundraising announcements hint at how secret money could factor into the upcoming election more directly than initially forecast after the U.S. Supreme Court opened the door to super PACs two years ago.
Sure, there’s the GOP symbol, but the real elephant in the room has been the super PAC, the turbocharged political action committee able to raise and spend unlimited amounts of money on political ads — as long as that spending isn’t coordinated with a particular campaign.