Former aides to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) have formed a new group that is buying ads on behalf of Republicans who support Cantor’s “priority” issues, essentially offering the Republican leader’s allies a tangible reward in exchange for their votes.
While it is illegal for any member of Congress to exchange anything for a vote, the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision unmoored political ad spending from any sort of effective regulation, enabling this new scheme to operate with complete legal impunity.
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