US Left Out-Donates the Right to Politics, All For Nought
|August 8, 2014||Posted by Staff under Electoral reform, Politics|
This 2014 excerpt of OpenSecrets, Aug 6, is by Sarah Bryner.
The Top Overall Federal Contributors list are the organizations and individuals donating the most money to federal campaigns and committees, including parties, federally-focused 527s, super PACs, and Carey committees.
Of the top 20 organizations, only two favor Republicans. The rest, with the exception of one “on the fence” trade association, all strongly prefer liberal policies and Democratic candidates. In addition, 11 of the top 20 organizations are unions.
As is the case with the top overall donors, the top outside money donors are dominated by liberal organizations; all five top donors are liberals.
Regressives do dominate a few categories.
This cycle, 18 of the top 20 organization donors to joint fundraising committees favor Republicans.
On the Top Individuals list, the top three overall donors are Democrats, while six of the top 10 and 11 of the top 20 favor Republicans.
What’s missing is the money that we can’t see: Donations to dark money groups are never disclosed and therefore organizations that choose to spend their money in the shadows will not appear as prominently on the list as we might expect.
Ed. Notes: Reformers rail against the influence of money in politics, against Citizens United (the Supreme Court ruling to allow unlimited campaign contributions), yet their side gives the most disclosed money. Is this preponderance a one-time anomaly in donations? Are these sums dwarfed by dark money and is that money conservative?
Why do progressives get so little in return for their gifts? Why is their party, the Democrats, so conservative? Why does their huge advantage in money not translate into a huge advantage in electoral victories?
Do they waste their millions on messages that fail to communicate convincingly?