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.
Increasingly, leading legal scholars and others who study the Constitution have concluded that the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the First Amendment and its proper role in campaign finance cases is simply wrong.