The $900 million in contributions this fiscal year as of standing is not just for the Presidential race [see ‘Campaign financing reaches $900,000,000’]. Many political analysts are saying that what Mitt Romney doesn’t use of the unknown amount of money the GOP super PACs raise will go to all remaining races in 2012. That would be the Congressional races, House and Senate, and to influence that it wouldn’t take as much as in a Presidential race. As little as two-million dollars would help drastically alter and change a race for a Congressional seat.
Why? The Presidential race has free air-time for time to speak about your issues and get your voice out to the public. But in a House seat race, in say Montana, will not get as much public attention at first, so the need for advertisements and campaign fundraising is critical. It is noticeable when a candidate is running low on funds, and a super PAC can swoop in and save or destroy a candidate’s campaign with unlimited contributions. This is okay, if it was mutual, or if it wasn’t unlimited.
Candidates need help from supporters and donors, but when outside money pours into an election, it can drown out the local public’s voice and change the election. But, according to the Supreme Court [see Citizens United], a corporation’s free speech is equal to an individual’s free speech. The danger is now not in the Presidential race, which is crazy none-the-less, but in the lesser races which are just important in political sway.
This then could affect Indiana, as it is still an important State for political campaigns. Plus, we have one of best economies in the Nation, making us a more important part of elections to come. Yet, we have no law limiting super PAC involvement in our elections, especially because most super PACs have influence are out of state. The gloves are off now, but the agendas and objectives are sketchy.
It isn’t about negative ads versus positive ads, but rather disclosure of who is saying the message and why is he saying it. Negative ads are apart of politics like newspaper alliances are as well, but there is something to say about the amount of negative ads which have increased since the 2008 political campaigns. The influx of ads is due to the Citizens United case which allowed for no disclosure necessary when giving to political action committees, which are ‘independent’ of the candidate they are sponsoring. This is degrading to our democracy because now there will be a hoard of undisclosed, subliminal or manipulated, attack ads; and the uninformed voter (a majority) will believe what they see or hear, because they trust their media source and their political party. This alters the course of the political election, and that is in itself unconstitutional and not Democratic.
Subliminal programming or manipulated messages are wrong, and thought to be banned by the FCC, but instead is toothless because it is very difficult to prove if it is subliminal or not. With unlimited contributions and lack of disclosure with super PACs and elections, nobody can say what is being conjured up. There is a credible rumor that former Bush political-ad spin doctor Larry McCarthy has joined the Pro-Romney Restore our Future super PAC. If one doesn’t remember him in 1988, he ran the ‘Willie Horton’ ad against Dukakis. Furthermore, Restore our Future attacked former Speaker Gingrich in the GOP primaries on what the Washington Post gave four Pinocchio’s. Not much truth behind this super PACs’ ads.
One man famous for shady political campaigning is Karl Rove. He is not unfamiliar to super PACs, as he started off working for a PAC and now runs his own super PAC. American Crossroads, his creation, formed in June 2010 with Crossroads GPS, to form a twin-super PAC. This allows for disclosure and non-disclosure at the same time. According to FactCheck.org (according to Forti), Crossroads GPS was formed due to this same situation in which some donors did not want to disclose their information or attach their name to the ads. The twin super PAC has a spending target of $240 million for 2012.
Crossroads GPS steadfastly refuses to disclose any information about who gives to it. And if Forti’s $70 million figure is accurate, then the sources of nearly two-thirds of the twins’ combined income escapes disclosure, since the amount disclosed by American Crossroads during the 2010 election cycle was $26 million (of which $7 million came from Texas homebuilder and legendary GOP donor Bob Perry.)
The good thing is that many people are upset about the reversal of the campaign finance laws set in place through the McCain-Feingold Bill, and a century before. But, that is not enough. We need to hassle our Representatives and Senators to fight for reform in campaign finance. Or do you believe a corporation should be equal in rights as you? The power is yours, or was, but we can fight to get it back! For more information about what the real effects of the new Health Care reform passed through SCOTUS, check out this link from Forbes.