Thursday, May 24, 2012

Special-interest spending floods Cailfornia races in new political landscape

Quoted in this article in the Sac Bee.

Spending by independent expenditure committees has skyrocketed since voter-approved contribution limits for candidate-controlled committees took effect in 2001.

While the independent committees cannot be coordinated with the campaigns, some observers say the influence they wield is problematic. The possibility of independent committee support – or threat of an opposition campaign – could weigh heavily on the minds of legislators once they get to the Capitol.

"I think this kind of idea of independence doesn't play out in reality," said Loyola Law School professor Jessica Levinson.

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