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Blog Post: Citizens United By the Numbers

The 2014 elections weren’t just expensive — they were the most expensive midterms in our history.

When the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Citizens United back in 2010, it threw a wrench in our campaign finance system. Now, big corporations and special interests can spend virtually unlimited amounts of money to influence our elections.

The proof is in the numbers:

  • $309 million — what outside groups spent in the 2010 elections
  • $1.03 billion — what outside groups spent in the 2012 elections
  • $486 million — what those groups spent on Senate races in the 2014 midterm elections

All told, outside groups have spent approximately $1.9 billion since the Citizens United decision trying to tip the scales in their favor.

January 21st marked the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision. If we don’t step up and do something to stop the effects of Citizens United, special interest spending in our elections is only going to get worse.

Fortunately, there’s one more incredibly encouraging number I want to share with you:

  • 135,569 — number of grassroots supporters that stand with me in the fight real campaign finance reform

Fighting for effective campaign finance reform isn’t easy — especially since outside groups can use their deep pockets to influence elections. But we have a huge grassroots movement going, and that’s exactly what it’s going to take to reverse the effects of Citizens United and restore some sanity to our campaign finance system.

If you haven’t joined in already, we could use your help. If you’d like to add your name, just click this link and head over to our petition page.

This is a fight worth fighting. Outside groups shouldn’t be able to dictate who wins and who loses elections. And with the massive support of people all across the country, maybe we’ll soon be able to add one more number to our list — the number of years it took to end the effects of Citizens United.

— Tom