Labor union representing 2.1 million health care, government and property management workers.
Players Guide 2012
The 2012 campaign cycle marks the first presidential election since the 2010 Supreme Court ruling that allowed corporations and unions to spend more freely in federal elections. The loosened campaign finance rules, coupled with an intense competition between the two major parties, have served only to embolden independent political groups that hope to influence the 2012 races.
Below is a list of most major groups that have been active or expect to be active in the 2012 federal elections. Many of these groups can accept unlimited donations. Others can accept unlimited donations and avoid disclosing their donors. There’s even a new breed of so-called independent groups that advocate solely for a single presidential candidate.
Who are these groups and who’s behind them? Click on the links below to find out.
The groups below were selected based on the amount they have spent, or say they plan to spend, or the media attention they have attracted. It is not a comprehensive list, and additional groups will be added as the campaign season unfolds.
A public policy women’s organization that promotes biblical principles.
Republican Majority Campaign is a conservative group headed by a California attorney who was featured in an infomercial that asked “Where was President Obama born?”
Americans United for Change is a liberal group whose message closely mirrors that of the Obama White House.
A conservative group founded by billionaire businessman and political activist David Koch.
Make Us Great Again is a “super PAC” supporting Rick Perry’s presidential bid.
Conservative-leaning group founded with help from Karl Rove and former RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie.
Liberal-leaning group founded by ex-White House staffers Bill Burton and Sean Sweeney to counter American Crossroads/Crossroads GPS.
Founded by a former Republican senator and a former GOP House aide. Leans GOP/Right-center.
Large federation of labor unions is strongly Democratic.