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What Impact Did SuperPACS Really Have? -The Middle Ground

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$650 million. That's what the SuperPACs spent hoping to buy for their benefactors the privilege of writing our nation's laws. Call (646) 929-2496 at 8 pm ET tonight and let us know how you feel about that.
Sheldon Adelson became famous for bragging he would spend $100 million to buy himself a Justice Department that wouldn't investigate him. But he not only lost in the presidential race, he lost every race he invested in. When asked if the money was well spent, Adelson said, "Without it, the race wouldn't have been as close."  He's right.
Karl Rove and his two groups spent $180 million on ads to oust Obama. And yet Romney went down to defeat while his party lost ground in the Senate and no less than ten teapartiers lost their bids for Congress.
However, the fact that the Super-PACs were mostly unsuccessful does NOT mean that we don't need to counter them.  What we got last week was a warped version of our democracy, skewed toward the interests of the super-rich. The Congress that will be sworn in will be no less corrupt than the one that is leaving. In other words, we still have work to do. 

Presented by Coffee Party USA, "The Middle Ground" is co-hosted by award-winning filmmaker Eric Byler and political author Michael Charney, the show airs every Tuesday 8-9 PM EST/5-6 PM PST.