“Make America Great Again.” It’s Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, seen on caps his campaign sells to admirers, and it’s also the name of an ostensibly independent superPAC. Or it was, until this week.
In the era of direct spending by corporations in elections, Microsoft and AFLAC Insurance get high marks for openness. Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway received a score of zero.
Even most candidates who are championing overhauling the system are taking superPAC money and grappling with the political reality they have to face if they want to win.
TV ads drive name recognition, but it’s uncertain exactly how much more they do than that. Yet spending on them will hit record levels in the 2016 cycle.
About a third of the total went to out of state companies for things like Internet ads, robocalls, mailers and strategic advice.
Alaska appears to have followed the national trend and elected a Republican to the U.S. Senate.