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outside spending gave GOP candidates unparalleled advantage

Today Public Citizen, a consumer watch dog organization, reported on what we already know about this year's campaign spending. What we didn't know until today is how lopsided the contributions were. I have posted on a number of occasions (most recently last week) on the likely impact of the United States Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United. Well, we now know how this ruling effected the outcome of this year's mid-terms.  One Congressional Chairman attributed the GOP spending as the result of the "record amount of secret money spent by right-wing outside groups (who) turned this political storm into a category 3 political hurricane". Here in Pennsylvania the Republican candidate Pat Toomey had a $5.3 million dollar advantage - a ratio of 4 to 1 - over his opponent  Joe Sestak. $2.5 million came from the Club for Growth of which Toomey is the founding father, another $1.7 million from the Chamber of Commerce and $1.1 million from the Republican Jewish Coalition. In all but a few of the 74 elections in which power changed hands the GOP candidate received $764,326 compared to $273,268 by their Democratic opponent. This is just the money received from PACs which is outside spending and which is secret money.      According to the report, "59.9% of the outside funds in this election came from undisclosed sources". Most of the secret money came from 10 groups spearheaded by the Chamber of Commerce. The report cited that Republicans outspent the Dems $79.4 million to $28.5 million. I just have to ask myself this question - did the Supreme Court even consider that this might happen? We read about corruption in elections all over the world, and as a country we have stood proudly against election fraud. Not since the days of Boss Tweed and Tammany Hall have elections been manipulated. One could argue that allowing those with resources far beyond those of most candidates to influence the outcome of an election is also a form of corruption. Corporations like the Chamber should not be  permitted to influence the outcome of campaigns. This is not going to go away. Wait until the 2012 Presidential race. You ain't seen nothing. Dennis F Feeley  

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