Citizens United Fuels
86 Percent of Spending by Outside Groups Pays for
Nov. 2, 2012 —
deregulation of outside spending caused by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens
United v. Federal Election Commission decision appears to have led
to increased spending on negative advertising in our elections, according to a
Public Citizen analysis released today.
85 percent of unregulated independent expenditures made by the 15 biggest
outside groups in the 2012 election cycle financed negative messages. The analysis
cites research showing that outside spending is typically more negative on the
whole than candidate-sponsored spending.