In 2010, the Supreme Court ruled the First Amendment prohibited the government from restricting independent political expenditures by corporations and unions. Political action committees that do not contribute to or coordinate with candidates or parties can accept unlimited contributions from individuals, corporations, and organizations. Many of these Super PACs are required to disclose the type and amount of their expenditures to the Federal Election Commission. However, disclosing the sources of their fundraising is optional.
Using SuperPACs’ quarterly FEC reports, this visualizations tracks fundraising and expenditures on the 2012 Presidential campaign. It will show how the targets of these organizations’ advocacy changed over time for both President Obama and Governor Romney as well as the roles these organizations play in either supporting or attacking the candidates.