In the name of freedom of expression, extremely wealthy donors and companies have, since 2010, been able to spend as much as they want to support or impede candidates. Who are the new beneficiaries of these millions of dollars? Super PACs, powerful committees that have become key players in election campaigns. They emerged following two court decisions: Citizens United vs FECand SpeechNow vs FEC. A number of Americans decry the considerable influence wielded by super PACs, particularly since a number of committees are not required to disclose the identity of their contributors.
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Demonstrators run towards the front steps of U.S. Supreme Court after they broke through the police line January 20, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Washington, January 20, 2012)