‘Citizens United’ Ruling Helped Unions Win State Elections
Posted at 9:50 a.m. on Nov. 15, 2013
The impact of the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Citizens United case is still being analyzed but a new report shows it wasn’t only the Republicans that benefited.
In a handful of states in 2012, the Democrats benefited. Spending by outside groups during the 2012 cycle totaled at least $209 million in 38 states, according to a new report from the Center for Public Integrity. The study highlighted that “Pro-Democratic groups, many associated with unions, outspent their Republican counterparts by more than $8 million in those states.”
The Supreme Court’s ruling in January 2010 removed restrictions on union and corporate spending in twenty-four states. The report indicated more than one out of every two dollars spent originated from groups funded primarily or entirely by out-of-state donors. Groups backed by the top spending national groups accounted for nearly 40% of the $209 million in 2012 state-level outside spending. The Republican Governors Association spent at least $34 million and was the largest outside donor.