It has already begun. And it’s getting worse.
Two years ago, on January 21, 2010, the Supreme Court unleashed it, in a series of court cases including the infamous Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision. We felt it in the 2010 midterm elections, but we didn’t know how bad it would get. And now, as we approach the presidential election, it’s more powerful than ever. If we don’t work to stop it, it will contaminate everything in sight. On Election Day — 1021 days later — our democracy will be a wasteland.
That’s why we made this video and hope you’ll watch it (and share!). In the shadows of our democratic system, powerful, special interests and super PACs are already infecting early primary states with unlimited and all-too-often secretive campaign cash. This dark money is reaching epidemic proportions; it feeds on itself and the advertising and mud it slings. It spreads from state to state and coast to coast, voting booth to voting booth.
The best way to fight a virus that thrives in the shadows is to expose it to Sunlight. That’s where you come in. Last week, we asked you to help us write the SUPERPAC Act, legislation that would bring transparency to the unlimited money being spent to influence our elections and fight the “zombie-fication of politics.” This week, we want to share with you fun and informative resources that you can use and share to keep yourself and your friends virus-free.
The video’s just the start. You can also test your knowledge of super PACs with our matching game to see if you can connect the candidates to the super PACs supporting them. And if you want to see what a super PAC looks like behind the ads, you can even check out the super PAC sleuth project. Who knows? There might be one hiding near you.
And just in case you just can’t get enough super PAC info, we got you covered. We’re building a resource page with a super PAC cheat sheet, original reporting, policy background and more. It’s a work in progress, and we’ll continue to add information throughout the campaign season, so keep checking back and let us know what you think: http://sunlightfoundation.com/superpacs.