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For starters: outside spending in this election cycle of almost $90 million is 234% percent of 2008’s numbers, and 628% of 2004’s - and that's before the Super PACs start raising money for the general election.
More: ...from 2006 to 2010 the percentage of spending from groups that did not disclose their donors rose from 1% to 47%; in 2010, 72% of political advertising by outside groups came from sources prohibited from spending money in 2006 - ie: corporations.
Originally posted by groingrinder
Welcome to today's installment of "Disgrace the Nation". Lobbying should be a capitol crime. As should accepting favors from a lobbyist.
In the campaign arena, AFSCME remains a veritable juggernaut. The 1.6 million-member union has indicated it will spend $100 million in the 2012 elections, surpassing the total it spent in 2008. But the question is not whether the group can muster up the necessary resources, but rather how it chooses to distribute them.