[Homestead] got time to think about it ?

Toni Hawryluk tonihawr at msn.com
Mon Sep 20 16:49:24 EDT 2004


An OpenSecrets Investigation: 
Advocacy Group Spending in the 2004 Elections 
In advance of the 2004 elections, an untold number of advocacy groups<http://www.opensecrets.org/527s/types.asp> will be spending millions of dollars in a way that will influence the vote on Election Day. They will be running ads on TV and radio stations in your area, sending glossy flyers and pamphlets to your mailbox, calling you at home, and more. 

These groups represent a variety of positions on a variety of issues, but they have one thing in common: They influence how you look at the candidates. Their activities may tell you to vote for or against a specific candidate, but often they will try to shape your opinion of a political candidate or party in the context of a specific issue. Such "issue advocacy" won't explicitly tell you to elect or defeat a particular candidate, but the advocacy group's view of the candidate's stance on their issue is clear. 
What can you do to defend yourself from the onslaught of interest group spending? 

Stay informed, and visit OpenSecrets.org's resources on who's spending money to influence elections and why. Updated weekly! 

527 Committee Activity 
Top 50 Organizations 
527 groups are tax-exempt organizations that engage in political activities, often through unlimited soft money contributions. Most 527s on this list are advocacy groups trying to influence federal elections through voter mobilization efforts and so-called issue ads that tout or criticize a candidate's record. 527s must report their contributors and expenditures to the IRS, unless they already file identical information at the state or local level. The figures below are taken from 527 group filings with the IRS. (To view 527s for state party or candidate committees, such as the Republican Governors Association and the Democratic Governors Association, click here<http://www.opensecrets.org/527s/527expend.asp?cycle=2004>.) 

View by: Top 50 Committes

National Federation of Republican Women has taken in $558,019,
                                has spent $1,848,856 (.... verrrrry interesting )

NOTE: This data is based on records released by the Internal Revenue Service on Sunday, September 12, 2004.

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