There’s no question that this was the most expensive election cycle in American history. According to the Center for Responsive Politics’ Open Secrets online database, the $6 billion spent nearly doubled what was laid out in 2000.
The 2012 election cycle cost an estimated $6 billion was spent — nearly double what was spent in 2000 according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Of course the huge increase in campaign spending follows the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling. That 5-4 decision, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, said restrictions on independent spending by [...]