From Citizens United to Super PACs: A Campaign Finance Reading Guide

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With the political conventions and the November election around the corner, we are taking a time-out to assess the state of campaign finance. As we reported last week, dark money nonprofits are outspending all super PACs combined in the presidential campaign thus far. How did we get here? A look at the landmark Citizens United decision and its impact on the 2012 campaign follows: Links at the jump to CITIZENS UNITED The Citizens United Decision, SCOTUSblog, January 2010 Money Unlimited, New Yorker, May 2012 The seminal piece on the story behind Citizens United, the Supreme Court case that opened the doors for super PACs and 501(c)(4)s flooding this campaign. This is a good look at the politics behind the decision, and the evolution of judicial influence on corporate money in politics...etc.

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