Dan Rather Reports

Season 5 Episode 36

Here Comes the Cash

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Nov 09, 2010 on HDNet
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Here Comes the Cash
(11/9/2010) Ever since President Obama scolded the Supreme Court for its Citizens United decision, Democrats have been making a big political issue out of the case that gave more free-speech rights to unions, some non-profits and businesses. It's no wonder, since outside dollars facilitated by the decision go two to one for Republicans. It's true that 2010 saw more spending by independent groups than the last midterms, and some candidates on both sides worry they can lose control of their message when groups with their own agendas take over the role of convincing voters how to vote. But how much does Citizens United really have to do with all this? We talk to two legal experts who have some surprising areas of agreement, including that the problem has little to do with Citizens United. We also visit the campaigns of Senators Russ Feingold and Jim Renacci as they battle against massive spending by outside groups to defeat them.moreless

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