[Republicans] take care of big money for big money takes care of them. – 20 September 1931 Will Rogers
I don’t think that even Will would have dreamed that we would one day have something called “Citizens United”. That is the Supreme Court decision that opened the money spigot in today’s politics. There are now dozens of groups both Republican and Democrat, but mostly Republican, that go by various innocuous names that put out much of the mud in today’s politics.
Since these guys can hide behind noble sounding names and don’t have to say what their political bent is it is hard to know where they stand without a program. So I took the effort to track down the top fifteen pacs for you. It is shown below. In case you are interested the totals add up to
Republican – $263 million
Democrat – $48 million
So even though Will’s words are from eighty years ago they are still valid today. Next time you see an ad that seems to be authoritative look them up here to see who is really giving you this “information”.
1 Republican — Restore Our Future — $95,369,101 85% spent on attack ads
Created by former aides to Mitt Romney, this super PAC has turned its attention to criticizing President Obama and promoting Mr. Romney’s campaign.
2 Democratic — Priorities USA Action — $44,579,362 100% spent on attack ads
Bill Burton, a former Obama White House aide, heads this Democratic super PAC, which has not been as active as its Republican counterparts.
3 Republican — American Crossroads — $44,323,976 99% spent on attack ads
This super PAC was active in many Congressional races during the 2010 midterm elections and has Karl Rove as its senior adviser. It has spent money on advertisements opposing President Obama and congressional Democrats.
4 Republican — Americans for Prosperity — $30,800,720 100% spent on attack ads
Backed by David H. Koch and Charles G. Koch, Americans for Prosperity is a conservative issue advocacy organization with ties to the Tea Party movement. It recently began running advertisements expressly calling for the defeat of President Obama.
5 Republican — Republican National Committee — $28,038,239 100% spent on attack ads
The R.N.C. is the national party organization for the Republican Party and raises and spends money on behalf of its candidates nationwide. Its chairman is Reince Priebus. Its spending total does not include about $21 million in advertising coordinated with Mitt Romney’s campaign, or general party spending on other Republican candidates and administrative costs.
6 Republican — Winning Our Future — $17,003,038 24% spent on attack ads
This super PAC was created by Becky Burkett, the former chief development officer for American Solutions, a PAC that Newt Gingrich founded. Since the reporting period ended, the super PAC has reportedly also received at least $10 million from a wealthy casino owner, Sheldon Adelson, and his wife.
7 Republican — Americans for Job Security — $16,457,078 100% spent on attack ads
A nonprofit group with ties to a Republican consulting firm, Americans for Job Security began broadcasting advertisements opposing President Obama in late September.
8 Republican — Crossroads GPS — $9,543,123 98% spent on attack ads
A nonprofit social welfare organization, Crossroads GPS is a companion group to American Crossroads, a Republican-backing super PAC active in the presidential and Congressional races. A lawyer for President Obama has asked the Federal Election Commission to force GPS to reveal its donors.
9 Republican — Red White and Blue Fund — $7,529,620
This committee, founded by a former Iowa adviser to former Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, is one of two super PACs supporting his candidacy.
10 Republican — American Future Fund — $6,752,902 74% spent on attack ads
A conservative nonprofit organization based in Iowa, American Future Fund has spent money attacking Democratic candidates for Congress and President Obama.
11 Republican — Ending Spending Action Fund — $4,016,836 71% spent on attack ads
Financed primarily by Joe Ricketts, a billionaire businessman from Nebraska, Ending Spending Action Fund is the super PAC of a group dedicated to reducing the federal debt. Mr. Ricketts had considered bankrolling a $10 million advertising campaign against President Obama earlier in the election cycle.
12 Republican — Make Us Great Again — $3,959,824
A super PAC that supported Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, who left the race in January. It is headed by Mike Toomey, Mr. Perry’s former chief of staff.
13 Republican – NRA of America Political Victory Fund –$3,933,069 65% spent on attack ads
The national gun lobby organization has used its PAC to finance advertisements, mailings and other outreach efforts opposing President Obama.
14 Republican — Republican Jewish Coalition — $3,768,770 100% spent on attack ads
Backed by contributions from casino mogul Sheldon Adelson and other donors, the non-profit Republican Jewish Coalition is airing broadcast advertisements “to win over Jewish voters who could be persuaded to turn away from President Obama and support Mitt Romney.”
15 Democratic — Service Employees International Union — $3,589,500 90% spent on attack ads
The S.E.I.U., with around two million members, has been a strong supporter of President Obama and has joined with the super PAC Priorities USA Action to pay for advertisements opposing Mitt Romney.