Mitt Romney’s convincing double-digit victory in the Illinois primary on Tuesday didn’t re-establish his place as the Republican front-runner as much as it cemented his place as the GOP top fundraiser. A recent data analysis by the Associated Press revealed that Romney is spending four times as much money as Rick Santorum’s campaign on each voter. On the other side of the aisle, President Obama has outstripped his GOP opponents by raising over $45 million in February alone, bringing his campaign ”war chest” total to about $300 million.
While the GOP candidates and President Obama are relying on big donors as well as grass-roots contributions to help fund their campaigns, this year’s election cycle also marks the influence unlimited funds raised by super PACs. And Russ Feingold, the former Democratic senator from Wisconsin isn’t happy about it.
Feingold, who recently started Progressives United, a grassroots movement that intends to fight Citizens United v. FEC–the Supreme Court ruling that allowed unlimited campaign contributions by corporations and unions and thus allowed the formation of super PACs–has been an outspoken voice on campaign finance reform. He recently spoke at the Commonwealth Club and explained his criticism of the Citizens United decision: