‘Dark Money’ Spiraling: Open Secrets

Robert Maguire at OpenSecretsBlog notes: “Nobody really thought that election-related spending by outside groups — which totaled $1 billion in the 2012 election cycle, not counting party spending — would do anything but grow in future elections. But the increase so far in 2013 is surprising even so:

“Super PACs and politically active nonprofits have spent nearly more than three times their outlays at the same point in the last election — $20.6 million, up from $6.3 million.”

See the full report on outside spending — in which Democrats have outpaced Republicans in the latest push — at Open Secrets.org, with highlights of the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics’ findings here:

Cycle Total Independent
Expenditures
Electioneering
Communications
Communication
Costs
2014 $20,546,778 $20,079,391 $0 $467,387
2012 $1,037,711,451 $1,002,135,419 $14,412,284 $21,230,660
2010 $304,754,935 $205,519,230 $74,212,134 $25,023,571
2008 $338,401,076 $143,618,022 $194,781,901 $1,153
2006 $68,859,909 $37,401,996 $15,152,326 $16,305,587
2004 $196,413,827 $67,170,150 $98,898,197 $30,345,480
2002 $27,289,285 $16,588,844 N/A $10,700,441
2000 $50,796,592 $33,034,631 N/A $17,761,961
1998 $15,191,107 $10,266,937 N/A $4,924,170
1996 $17,884,043 $10,167,742 N/A $7,716,301
1994 $9,538,844 $5,219,215 N/A $4,319,629
1992 $19,635,123 $10,947,342 N/A $8,687,781
1990 $7,213,219 $5,650,524 N/A $1,562,695

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