March 29, 2017

Campaign Contribution Limits Increased

During the 2012 election cycle, individuals can now give $2,500 to each federal candidate, according to a recent announcement from the Federal Election Commission. The individual contribution limit was $2,400 during the 2010 election cycle. This $100 increase is a result of a biennial adjustment to contribution limits that is indexed according to inflation. Since […]

2010 Stands Tall for Special Interests

Perhaps the most influential political moment of 2010, as well as one of the most overlooked moments, came at the beginning of the year, but it is still far from over. Last January, the Supreme Court unleashed the influence of special interests in its ruling of Citizen’s United v. Federal Election Commission. This ruling effectively […]

Outside Spending Surges in 2010

Special-interest groups spent more in 2010 than any previous election cycle. Special interests spent $281.6 million during the 2010 election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. In the 2008 presidential election cycle, special interests spent $279.7 million. This is the first time in US election history that special interests have spent more in […]

Leading Special Interest Groups

In a comparison of the first 4 weeks of October 2010 and the first 4 weeks of October 2006, the current midterm cycle has seen a sharp increase in the volume of political broadcasts that special-interest groups fund. This increase is attributable to 2 particular interest groups. First, the Chamber of Commerce has spent $20,139,723 […]

Special Interests Continue to Splurge

After a Supreme Court ruling in January, there is no longer a limit for how much special-interest groups can contribute to electioneering communications, which are special-interest group funded political broadcasts either 30 days before a primary or 60 days before a general election. In the 4th week of October, there were 2.5x’s more (254%) electioneering […]

Special Interests Increase Broadcasts

In the 3rd week of October, there were 88 electioneering communications filings, or special-interest group funded political broadcasts, totaling $19,956,792, according to an analysis of the FEC database. Comparatively in the same week of the previous midterm cycle in 2006, there were 15 filings totaling $1,617,904 – about 12x’s more (1,150%) in 2010 after adjusting […]

Chamber of Commerce Leads Broadcasts

Between October 1st and 20th, there has been $37,546,268 in expenses of “electioneering communications,” which are political broadcasts advocating for the election or defeat of a candidate that special-interest groups fund. The US Chamber of Commerce is the leading special-interest group in electioneering communications with a total bill of $18,870,198 between October 1st and 20th, […]

Influence of Special Interests Spikes

With the elections less than 2 week away, special-interest groups continue to take advantage of the recent Supreme Court ruling that allows special-interest groups to spend as much as they want on electioneering communications. During the 2nd week of October in the previous midterm cycle of 2006, there were 12 electioneering communications filings totaling $3,239,455, […]