In this new paper, the Brennan Center considers whether relaxing certain campaign finance regulations in order to direct political money back into the official party organizations can help strengthen American democracy.
Outside groups set up to benefit specific candidates have raised twice as much as candidates themselves in the 2016 race. Groups reported to have close ties to a candidate account for 96 percent of outside fundraising.
Fundraising in the 2016 presidential race is unlike anything seen before. With the election still 15 months away, outside groups supporting specific candidates have raised hundreds of millions of dollars, greatly outpacing the candidates themselves.