Outside Spending, Outsized Influence: Big and Secret Money in California in the 2012 Elections

A People For the American Way Foundation "Government By the People" Report

The following report, co-written with CAL PIRG, analyzes the 'outside spending' on federal Senate and House races in California in the 2012 election cycle. 

Outside spending refers to spending by groups independent of campaigns or political parties.  These outside groups are legally prohibited from coordinating with campaigns.  Citizens United v. FEC and subsequent cases that relied on its holdings led to increases in outside spending in elections by removing a number of restrictions and/or prohibitions on corporate and union political activity.


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