Due to the quirks of the American campaign finance system (really incomprehensible unless you are an expert on election funding), a maze of organizations, committees, shell organizations etc. has developed over the years to fund campaigns for both parties. With every legislative or judicial modification to the system, finance money – mostly used for advertising – like water always manages to finds its way into the right pockets.
Our reader Bart writes:
National Public Radio (NPR) drew a map to show the links between some “independent” political action groups and the Republican party, including such organizations as Swift Boat Veterans, American Crossroads and Americans for Job Security.
See also this brilliant article in The New Yorker a couple of weeks ago, on the political activism of the ultra conservative billionaire Koch brothers, who fund organizations like Americans for Prosperity, another empty shell Washington-insider campaign organization that parades itself as a grass-roots organization of American citizens.
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I wonder what this map on the Democratic side looks like.