Super PACs and the media
Welcome to the world of politics after Citizens United.
At least 25 “super PACS,” including one linked to Karl Rove, are fueling a surge in money for this year’s elections following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down limits on corporate campaign spending. [...]They spend this money mainly on TV ads to create faux controversy. TV media stars then pump up the faux outrage with their "reporting." Coincidence? I think not.
The new super PACs emerge as spending is already surpassing past midterm elections. As of late last month, outside groups and the political parties had spent $150 million on ads, up $41 million from the same period in 2006, said Evan Tracey at Kantar Media’s Campaign Media Analysis Group in Arlington, Virginia.