Billion Dollar Democracy

The Unprecedented Role of Money in the 2012 Elections

by: BLAIR BOWIE, U.S. PIRG Education Fund Democracy Advocate
ADAM LIOZ, Counsel at Dēmos

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
The first presidential election since Citizens United lived up to its hype, with unprecedented outside spending from new sources making headlines.
Dēmos and U.S. PIRG Education Fund analysis of reports from campaigns, parties, and outside spenders to the Federal Election Commission found that our big money system distorts democracy and creates clear winners and losers:

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