Republican-leaning interest groups are grossly outspending their Democratic-leaning counterparts on TV ads in election races around the nation, and the gap is widening as races heat up. Democratic officials say the trend is a direct result of a Supreme Court decision lifting a ban on direct corporate spending on political campaigns, and they warn that wealthy Republican donors now feel free to buy elections, the New York Times reports.
Analysts say, however, that the January decision hasn't caused many corporations to sponsor campaign ads themselves, despite being allowed to do so, although it's likely that many are funneling more money through special interest groups. Republican groups note that in previous elections, the spending by interest groups—dubbed "soft money vehicles"—favored Democratic candidates. "The groups that perfected this were on the Democratic side," said the chief executive of GOP-oriented advocacy group Crossroads GPS, which has spent millions on Senate races around the country since last month. For more on the Citizens United ruling, click here.