An earlier blog post discussed the impact of FEC v. Citizens United on political expenditures in Nevada. The Las Vegas Review Journal also ran an interesting piece on the same subject. In the latest developments, the FEC issued advisory opinions that effectively allow corporations and unions to make unlimited contributions to independent expenditure committees (although usual PAC disclosure rules remain in place). Although those committees are not affiliated with or allowed to coordinate with campaigns, the committees are free to make independent expenditures for or against candidates. These so-called “super” PACs will undoubtedly be a force in current and future high-stakes elections.
The advisory opinions were issued to the conservative Club for Growth and the liberal Commonsense Ten. Clearly, groups from both sides of the political pendulum are taking advantage of the opportunity to make independent expenditures.