Super PACs' money could tip balance of power in Congress
January 26th, 2012
01:11 PM ET
11 years ago

Super PACs' money could tip balance of power in Congress

Washington (CNN) - The 2010 Supreme Court ruling that allows unlimited contributions by corporations and unions has already affected the 2012 presidential campaign. But it could play a larger part in the balance of power in Congress this fall.

Voters in three states have been bombarded with television and Web advertising, automated phone calls and direct mailing, most of it directed against a candidate rather than in support of one. And in Florida, which votes Tuesday, spending is going up by the day.


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  1. vic , nashville ,tn

    If Super Pac support qualified candidate I am ok with that. In 2010 American cross road pour the money on last minute every thing changed. Now we have congressman and congress woman in the congress just to opposed the bills even they don’t know why they opposed those bills

    January 26, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  2. Steve, New York City

    This is an area (along with annual insane increases in college tuition) where the Occupy Wall Street crowd can really make their voices heard around the world.

    The Supreme Court's 2010 decision (protecting Super Pac contributions as "free speech") was DEVASTATING.

    Our government has "lost any semblance" of being a government for the people. It now looks more and more like a government for the highest bidders.

    Thanks to the Supreme Court's right-wing stupidity, why don't we just scrap the electoral college system, and let the NRA, the AIPAC, big oil and other criminal cartels appoint the next POTUS?????

    January 26, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  3. Debbie

    Why the John Roberts Court ruling on Citizens United was perhaps the straw that will bring down the USA as a representative democratic republic. Good going JR as Bush must be thrilled he appointed you and thus legally America is no longer of, by, for the people, but of, by, for the $$$$.

    January 26, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  4. blue19

    Welcome to the United States of America Inc.

    January 26, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  5. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    I LOVE the smell of free speech in the morning... Let freedom of speech rule the airwaves! Thank God the leftists were not able to suppress our freedoms.

    January 26, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    This is what Occupy Wall Street is protesting. The elites in our country have corrupted our economy and government because there are few checks on how they can use their money like weapons against us.

    January 26, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  7. Stop the Charade

    If Americans are disatisfied with the fact that the faction of the Supreme Court allegedly against judicial activism completely undermined the principles of our Constitution when it shifted power from the people to monied interests in Citizens United, keep in mind, when you vote in November, that at least one, and maybe more, appointments to the Supreme Court will be made by the President between 2012 and 2016.

    January 26, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  8. WiredweirdinSF

    And yet prior to the Roberts Supreme Court ruling, the unions had been doing the same corrupt thing for decades yet the liberal democrats never whine about how unfair it is and the liberally biased press never even reports it and still does not.

    January 26, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  9. JOHN

    Blame it on the conservative judges on the Supreme Court Bench. Don't blame the President. He try telling the American people it was a bad judgment

    January 26, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  10. CM

    Citizens United has gone against every notion of campaign donation control. CU had 2 supposed restrictions, 1) It had to disclose donors and 2) It cannot directly coordinate with the candidates. However, this sham has burgeoned the use of 501(c)(4) which is a non-profit organization that is easily formed and can raise donations without any type of disclosure of who or how much was donated, such as that of Carl Rove's American Crossroad GPS. Wake up folks before it is too late. But here is where I would take CNN to task for allowing advertising during the President's speech of just one such organization called America's Future Fund, which is a 501c4. Shame on you CNN for having any advertising during the speech to distract people from what was being said.

    January 26, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. dreamer96

    These Super PAC's need to be banned, if the Supreme Court says they are legal..can we still ban them using a Constitutional Amendment?...We really need to ban them, they will just finish the job and hand our government totally over to the if we have not already done that anyway...

    January 26, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  12. Larry in Houston

    Imagine if all that money was used to pay down the debt.

    January 26, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |