Citizens United

Citizens United has reported spending a total of $558,522 on independent campaigning through October 2010, with 100% benefiting Republican candidates. Back to group list.

In January 2010, the Supreme Court sided with Citizens United in a challenge to campaign finance laws, opening the door for corporations, nonprofit groups and unions to spend unlimited amounts of money in election campaigns (as long as candidates don't control the spending). The group was promoting a feature-length documentary about Hillary Clinton, who was then in the Democratic presidential primary, when it ran into laws restricting money in politics.

Race Week before election Two weeks before election Three weeks before election 2010 Total
Nevada Senate
Opposing Harry Reid (D)
Supporting Sharron E. Angle (R)
$0 $0 $0 $418,982
Nevada's 3rd district
Opposing Dina Titus (D)
$0 $0 $0 $139,540
SOURCES: Federal Election Commission filings; Washington Post research

NOTE: Totals represent spending in calendar year 2010 and will change as new filings are made or information is amended. Data includes "electioneering communication" and electronically-filed "independent expenditure" spending reported to the Federal Election Commission. Spending on "issue ads" targeting candidates will not be included if it is more than 30 days before a primary or more than 60 days before the general election. "Weeks on list" shows the total number of weeks that a group or race has been in the top ten throughout the year.

By T.W. Farnam and Nathaniel Vaughn Kelso -- The Washington Post