Special Interests to the Rescue

Huge sums of money are flowing into the coffers of state senators who face possible recall elections, and the fact that campaign contribution limits are not in effect for the time being has a great deal to do with the torrid pace of fundraising, a Democracy Campaign report issued today shows. Special Interests to the Rescue

Email date: 5/5/11

Special interests rushing to aid recall targets
Huge sums of money are flowing into the coffers of state senators who face possible recall elections, and the fact that campaign contribution limits are not in effect for the time being has a great deal to do with the torrid pace of fundraising, a Democracy Campaign report issued today shows.

Ordinarily individuals and political action committees alike are limited to giving no more than $1,000 to candidates for state senate. But until recall petitions are reviewed and certified and elections are actually set, those limits do not apply. Senators targeted for recall can accept donations of any size, and some special interest donors are taking advantage of the opportunity.

For audio commentary on our findings, go here.

The Democracy Campaign is monitoring what outside interest groups are doing on their own to influence the outcome of these rare elections and is posting it here.