Jan 30, 2015 2:38 PM

Kevin Landrigan: Look at new milestone after record in special influence spending


Make way for a new milestone in special interest spending to influence elections.

The conservative Koch Brothers set a goal to raise $900 million for the 2016 election.

Money means victory in most campaigns. Studies show the big spender wins 85 percent of the time.

Only 3 percent of challengers outspent by incumbents pull off the upset.

Every election since 1992 has set a new spending record.

And how big is $900 million? The entire Republican Party spent that in 2010.

But reform advocates are fighting back, walking the length of the state two weeks ago.

The stamp stampede group brought a mobile billboard to the Statehouse that circled the capital city.

Inside the Legislative Office Building, an overflow crowd pushed for a new study into whether political corruption has shot up since unlimited spending like the Koch Brothers want.

"The reason both of these bills are becoming such a controversial issue is because of the increasing fear in our country for the issue of corruption and the influence of millions and millions of dollars by any rich group of people on the entire electoral system of the United States of America,'' Elliott said.

The report raised eyebrows as the Koch Brothers explore for the first time using their cash to try and win 2016 presidential primary game.

The state head of conservative Americans For Prosperity says it would be big money badly spent.

"Here in 2014, the left went out of their way to put a terrific ground game in place that really outnumbered the folks on the right by a wide disparity. If the folks on the right want to see more conservative candidates, more success in 2016 they are going to have match that same level on the ground,'' State Director Greg Moore said.

So the Legislature can study the influence of the unprecedented, Super PAC spending.

Meanwhile, these piles of special interest cash with every election get higher and higher.


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