Welcome to the world of post-Citizens United elections, where the results of elections can be seemingly bought and sold by corporate interests and the wealthiest Americans.
Republican super PACs and other outside groups shaped by a loose network of prominent conservatives – including Karl Rove, the Koch brothers and Tom Donohue of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – plan to spend roughly $1 billion on November’s elections for the White House and control of Congress, according to officials familiar with the groups’ internal operations.It’s important to point out the $1 billion in outside money that is likely to be spent by Republican super PACs and other Republican-allied outside groups is in addition to the money spent by the traditional party apparatus – in this case the Romney campaign and the Republican National Committee. The money spent by the Romney campaign and the RNC could be somewhere in the neighborhood of $800 million, meaning that the amount of money spent to help Mitt Romney win the 2012 presidential election could total nearly $2 billion.
That total includes previously undisclosed plans for newly aggressive spending by the Koch brothers, who are steering funding to build sophisticated, county-by-county operations in key states. POLITICO has learned that Koch-related organizations plan to spend about $400 million ahead of the 2012 elections – twice what they had been expected to commit.
That’s a heck of a lot of money to spend to win an election, and it doesn’t bode well for those of us who aren’t large corporations or the super-rich.