In USA Today, the recent story “Mystery company the largest corporate donor of 2012,” missed a major part of the crisis in our elections following the Supreme Court’s disastrous Citizens United ruling.
The article incorrectly suggests that the dearth of corporate contributions to super PACs demonstrates that “dire warnings” from watchdog groups “that the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision would unleash a wave of corporate money” were overblown.
The article would be correct if super PACs, which must disclose their donors, were the sole vehicle for corporate political spending. They are not.
By funneling their political spending through dark money 501c groups like Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS and like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (each of which spent tens of millions of dollars trying to influence the 2012 elections), corporations are able secretly to spend money in politics. More