Today, the Capital Research Center (CRC) released a study on the controversial 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court decision, detailing the flow of funding to liberal and conservative political campaigns, outside groups, and traditional public policy organizations before and after the ruling. It includes a comprehensive look at pre- and post-Citizens United political donations and spending. Among other findings, the study concludes that support for left-wing public policy nonprofits appears to have substantially increased after the ruling: they received a whopping $7.4 billion in 2014—compared to $2.2 billion for their conservative counterparts.
You can read the study HERE.
CRC also produced a video highlighting the study’s findings. The video, which you can see HERE, argues that overall, Republicans and conservative organizations have not come to dominate U.S. elections and public discourse with greater funding windfalls, as many liberals predicted after the Court’s decision.
Below is a statement from CRC President Scott Walter:
The 2010 Citizens United ruling prompted immediate outrage on the Left, with many liberal pundits lamenting the subversion of American democracy. In reality, our democracy remains unbroken by this decision. In fact, overall, liberal advocacy groups have actually done quite well for themselves in the wake of the ruling, proving that their persistent outrage is entirely unfounded—but not unfunded.
On January 31st, CRC will host a panel discussion on the issue of conservative and liberal funding flows with experts in campaign finance and nonprofit spending.