Florida Democrats fundraise off Supreme Court’s latest Citizens United ruling

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, June 25, 2012 16:51 EDT
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The Florida Democratic Party doesn’t believe elections should go to the highest bidder, but they still want your money.

“Karl Rove and the Koch brothers are surely celebrating today,” the party wrote in an email to its supporters. “They think they just bought themselves an election. Montana decided they didn’t want their elections usurped by corporate super PACs, so they passed a law limiting that spending — but today, the Supreme Court struck it down.”

The Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission paved the way for Super PACs, political organizations that can raise an unlimited amount of money to influence elections. On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled the decision also applied to state campaign finance regulations and struck down a Montana law limiting corporate campaign spending.

The Florida Democrats noted that Mitt Romney invited Rove to a recent retreat with top donors.

Rove’s organizations Crossroads America, a Super PAC, and Crossroads GPS have spent millions of dollars on ads attacking Democrats. Super PACs are prohibited from coordinating their activities with candidates or their campaigns, but Republicans insist the retreat was “proper.”

“They think the election is only a pesky formality,” the Florida Democrats wrote. “This may not be fair, but during this election it is the reality.”

While Super PACs have raised tens of millions of dollars from wealthy donors, the Florida Democratic Party only hoped for a $5 donation.

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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