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The purchased Congress


NEW YORK. Final push in U.S. election: Just before the bomb scare election day packages from Yemen to the Americans. President Barack Obama is determined to turn into a crisis manager, at the same time he appears again in front of supporters. And in Washington tens of thousands of liberal-minded people go for "the restoration of reason" on the road – a kind of counter-event to the radical-conservative and eccentric tea-party.

The mobilization of the Obama camp is a campaign to an end, has not only rhetorically, but also financially set new standards. If tomorrow million Americans choose to go, then their decision was as strong as ever of interest groups and lobbyists influence. About 230 million dollars they have pumped into the congressional elections, recent figures from the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP), a Think Thank that analyzes donations. This is a one record. Most of the money went to Republicans and to the radical-conservative Tea Party movement. The polls show the Conservatives Barack Obama’s Democrats will bring a heavy defeat.

Although the greatest part of the donations continued from the parties themselves or from party-affiliated organizations. But the money just makes the outside of a thoroughly erklecklichen share. Altogether they add up the campaign money as four billion dollars – it’s the most expensive election in U.S. history.

Who pays for these so-called outsider groups, but remains mostly hidden. She has made attractive for a number of Obama’s political opponents. In the United States is focused very much on what the company board and which spends as much money for that candidate. The corporations can now quickly and avoid the influence of the background of the policy.

"Outsider groups want a flood of political commercials. But for voters, it is nearly impossible to detect whether they want to enforce only their own very special interests," Sheila Krumholz criticized by the CRP.

A passage in the tax law makes the hidden donations possible. It allows tax-exempt nonprofit groups to keep their donors too far from the public. There is also a Constitutional Court ruling that allows companies, nonprofit organizations and trade associations donate to in unlimited scope for political purposes.

The outsider groups work directly and effectively, so they come out with relatively little money. Unlike in presidential election campaigns, it is much cheaper to switch local television and radio advertising for Senators and Congressmen. Some suggestions are from each other and analyze exactly in which race they can have aggressive campaigns the most impact.

The strongest financial organization is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. 34 million dollars pumped the Chamber of Commerce in the campaign – about 90 percent of it to Republicans and Tea Party. Behind her is the concentrated fury of America’s business about Obama’s "business-hostile" policy. want to talk about her influential role the board, however. A previously promised interview with the Handelsblatt was abruptly called off again after the board had become aware of the issues.

Other groups take money from an anonymous source. They call themselves "American Action Network" or "American Crossroads" and each have about 20 million dollars for conservative candidates spent. American Crossroads was founded by Karl Rove, the former strategist of George W. Bush.

The presidential party on the other hand does not benefit much from the new type of campaign financing. Their supporters from outside are mostly unions, which are not as financially strong, yet so aggressive. On every dollar they spend the $ 2.16 come from conservative groups.