Dark Money, Super PACs, and the 2012 Election [NOOK Book]

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More than two billion dollars. That’s how much money was spent in the 2012 presidential campaign—the most expensive campaign in history. Each party raised and spent more than one billion dollars as the traditional boundaries of campaign financing were ignored. Both parties could do so because they were playing in a game with new rules—rules that largely developed after the 2010 Supreme Court ruling known as Citizens United. That case removed many restrictions on donation limits, particularly for corporations and ...
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Dark Money, Super PACs, and the 2012 Election

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Overview

More than two billion dollars. That’s how much money was spent in the 2012 presidential campaign—the most expensive campaign in history. Each party raised and spent more than one billion dollars as the traditional boundaries of campaign financing were ignored. Both parties could do so because they were playing in a game with new rules—rules that largely developed after the 2010 Supreme Court ruling known as Citizens United. That case removed many restrictions on donation limits, particularly for corporations and unions. The result was the development of a new set of political players called “Super PACs” that were allowed to enter the political arena and spend an unlimited amount of money on behalf of clients.
This book looks at how Super PACs raised and spent money and influenced the 2012 election. It provides an insightful look at how both right- and left-leaning groups approached the election and impacted the political process.
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Editorial Reviews

John Allen Hendricks
Big money, or Super PACs, was more influential in the 2012 American presidential campaign than in any prior campaign. This book provides a thorough, interesting explanation of how and why Super PACs were founded. More importantly, the authors examine specific consequences of big money in the 2012 primaries and the general election. Readers will acquire a keen understanding of how individuals and large corporations can use money to influence American political campaigns.
William F. Harlow
Smith and Powell have done excellent work building on their 2010 volume on campaign finance reform. No study of political communication and elections can be complete without understanding how the money flows, and this text provides an excellent foundation for understanding that.
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Meet the Author

Melissa M. Smith is assistant professor of communication at Mississippi University for Women.
Larry Powell is professor of communication studies at the University of Alabama–Birmingham.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
  1. Introduction: The genesis of Super PACs in the 2010 midterm elections
Super PACs in the 2012 Primaries
  1. Major Super PACs and Supporters: An Overview
  2. The Republican Primaries: Mitt Romney and Restore Our Future
  3. Democratic Super PACs active in the 2012 Republican Primary
Super PACs in the 2012 General Election
  1. Major Democratic Super PACs in General Election
  2. President Barack Obama and Priorities USA
  3. Not-For-Profit Super PACs
  4. Major Republican Super PACs
  5. Romney and Restore Our Future 2: The General Election
  6. Karl Rove and American Crossroads
  7. Lone Mavericks
Barry P. Smith
  1. Looking Back, Looking Forward: Conclusions and Discussion
Index
About the Authors
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