Demos has released the most detailed report I’ve seen so far on our common post-Citizens United disaster, and it’s interesting that the tax-deductible charity organizations might end up being more of a hidey-hole for campaign cash than SuperPACs:
Nonprofit “social welfare” organizations exempt from taxes under Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code and trade or membership associations organized under Section 501(c)(6) are permitted to spend money to influence federal, state, and local elections, but are not required to disclose the identities of their donors or the amounts of their contributions.
These “dark money” groups actually outspent Super PACs in the 2010 cycle by a substantial margin, and they are poised to have a significant effect on this year’s elections as well. […]
Then there’s this:
Sheldon and Miriam Adelson have given a combined $36.3 million to Super PACs in the 2012 cycle. It would take more than 321,000 average American families donating an equivalent share of their wealth to match the Adelsons’ giving.