Citizens United Fuels Negative Spending

86 Percent of Spending by Outside Groups Pays for Negative Messages

Nov. 2, 2012 - The 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.

More than 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.