From coast to coast, Americans of all political backgrounds are united in their opposition to theincreasing role and influence of money in elections. According to a 2012 survey commissioned by theCorporate Reform Coalition, more than 80% of every ideological and partisan subgroup expressedagreement that there is too much corporate money in politics.
Meanwhile, since the landmark Supreme Court decision in
Citizens United v. Federal ElectionCommission
in January 2010, Americans have witnessed a 240% increase in outside spending in federalelections (figure 1).
Figure 1: Rise in Outside Spending in Federal Elections
Brad Bannon, “Support for Reform of Corporate Political Spending Practices,” Bannon Communications Research,October 18, 2012. Available online at http://www.citizen.org/documents/bannon-communications-research-executive-summary.pdf
Adam Lioz and Blair Bowie, “Billion Dollar Democracy: The Unprecedented Role of Money in the 2012 Elections,”Demos and U.S. P.I.R.G., January 17, 2013. Available online at http://www.demos.org/publication/billion-dollar-democracy-unprecedented-role-money-2012-elections