Thursday, December 16, 2010

Your tax dollars at work

Independent groups that do not disclose the identity of their donors spent $132.5 million to influence elections nationwide this year, accounting for about a third of all spending by outside groups in the 2010 election cycle, a report released Friday found.

The analysis by the office of New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio aimed to quantify how federal campaigns had been affected by the Supreme Court's so-called Citizens United ruling. The ruling, handed down in January, cleared the way for companies and unions to spend unlimited funds to influence elections, often using money from anonymous donors.

This should be obvious, but it is not the government's job to spend tax dollars to collect data in support of a political effort to reverse a Supreme Court ruling, regardless of the merits of the effort.

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