Thursday, September 09, 2010

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. [...]

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.
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.

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