A January 2010 Supreme Court decision (Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission) permits corporations and unions to make political expenditures from their treasuries directly and through other organizations, as long as the spending -- often in the form of TV ads -- is done independently of any candidate. In many cases, the activity takes place without complete or immediate disclosure about who is funding it, preventing voters from understanding who is truly behind many political messages. The spending figures cited are what the groups reported to the FEC; it does not account for all the money the groups spent, since certain kinds of ads are not required to be reported. See more on the reporting rules regarding outside spending.
Total by Type of Spender, 2012 (so far)
|Type of Group||Total Spent||# of Groups|
|# of Groups|
Spending to date
|Others (Corporations, unions,|
individual people, other groups, etc):
|American Crossroads/Crossroads GPS||$175,706,789||C||$175,400,270||$306,519||$0||x||x|
|Restore Our Future||$132,174,589||C||$132,174,589||$0||$0||x|
|Priorities USA Action||$65,205,743||L||$65,205,743||$0||$0||x|
|Americans for Prosperity||$36,352,928||C||$33,542,051||$2,810,877||$0||x||VIEW ALL GROUPS|
* C = Conservative, L = Liberal
† Indicates that this organization has a 527 committee registered with the IRS. The committee's 527 spending outside of electioneering communications is NOT included in these totals. Read more about 527s.
|Race||Total||For Dems||Against Dems||For Repubs||Against Repubs|
|Indiana Senate||$23,461,205||$218,602||$8,385,394||$4,304,451||$9,311,758||VIEW ALL RACES|
|Candidate||Race||Total||For Dems||Against Dems||For Repubs||Against Repubs||Results|
|Obama, Barack (D)||PRES||$325,155,878||$31,387,935||$283,547,708||$0||$0||Winner|
|Romney, Mitt (R)||PRES||$159,384,160||$0||$0||$62,514,051||$96,313,373||Lost|
|Gingrich, Newt (R)||PRES||$32,453,225||$0||$0||$13,611,023||$18,842,202||Lost in primary|
|Santorum, Rick (R)||PRES||$28,983,703||$0||$0||$7,650,536||$21,333,167|
|Kaine, Tim (D)||VAS1||$24,740,467||$2,499,897||$22,240,570||$0||$0||Winner||VIEW ALL CANDIDATES|
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