Wednesday, January 2, 2008
On January 1, 2008, the New York Times reported that 527 Groups are having a significant influence on the possible results of the pending Iowa primaries. Here is an excerpt from the article:
Spurred by a recent Supreme Court decision, independent political groups are using their financial muscle and organizational clout as never before to influence the presidential race, pumping money and troops into early nominating states on behalf of their favored candidates.
The groups are prohibited from coordinating their efforts with the campaigns. But the candidates, while often distancing themselves from these efforts, certainly benefit from their activities. Iowa airwaves have been filled with commercials from these groups as they take advantage of the June ruling that lifted a ban on broadcast messages from independent groups within 30 days of a primary or caucus.
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The June ruling, in a case involving a Wisconsin anti-abortion group, allowed television issue advertisements from third-party groups — whether unions, corporations or wealthy individuals — to run right up to an election day. Under the McCain-Feingold law, which limits the role of money in campaigns, these spots had to cease 30 days before a primary election and 60 days before a general one.
For the full article, see "Outside Groups Spend Heavily and Visibly to Sway ’08 Races" in the New York Times.