Are Corporations Buying Elections?

Jan 24, 2012

The lead story in today's New York Times is the second donation, by one married couple, to a Super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich. Miriam Adelson gave $5 million. Her husband Sheldon had already given he same amount.

They may be just getting warmed up. They've talked about spending $25 million to defeat Barack Obama. That's a lot of money, but money in politics is nothing new in American history.  
What IS new is a growing body of case law about who can give what. Most of the cases arose in response to efforts to reform the system by limiting the size of donations or putting restrictions on who can give. And the U.S. Supreme Court, as currently constituted, is very unsympathetic to those efforts.

So where are we right now?  And what will campaigns in Connecticut look like this year as a result of the two-year-old Citizens United decision and the other case and practices that have flowed alongside it?

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