Traditional candidate based advertising, with full disclosure of donors and regulations to make it clear that the ad comes from and is approved by the candidate and their organizations, may be going the way of the dinosaur.
They may become unimportant or even priced out of the market by highly financed, secretive and yet "socially friendly" sounding special interests groups, immune (thanks to the Supreme Court) from any campaign financing or message reforms passed over the past 110 years.
Attacks on incumbents, Republicans in the primary and Democrats in the general, are not being financed by "the people" or "grass roots America" but by political interests groups, increasingly using shadow organizations with well meaning sounding names, set up exclusively to attack the Obama Administration and influence people into thinking that they are the voice of the "people".
Most of the ads are negative, sponsored by ambiguously named organizations like "Americans for Job Security" (with their benign sounding but strongly anti-worker and American Jobs stand at a web site titled savejobs.org) and "The Commission on Hope Growth and Opportunity." [While the funds are used entirely for the defeat of Democratic candidates and incumbents, the mission sounds very "safe" "welfare" and states that the group, spending millions on ads is not a political committee.}
|Commission on Hope, Growth and Opportunity, a tax exempt, non-profit, |
social welfare organization, registered under Section 501c(4) of the IRS.
Not a federal political committee.
Who are those groups?