Politics is all about money and the Citizens United ruling is the icing on the cake when it comes to who runs for political office and subsequently who becomes the candidate. What once was a combination of political parties and grass root campaigning has now been replaced with Billionaires and Millionaires with check books in hand.
Republicans could barely contain their glee when the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision cleared the way for unlimited spending in political campaigns.
But now — headed into a crowded presidential primary that promises to be longer, nastier and more expensive as a result of the ruling — some are having buyers’ remorse.
Concerns are mounting among top donors and party elites that an influx of huge checks into the GOP primary will hurt the party’s chances of retaking the White House. Long-shot candidates propped up by super PACs and other big-money groups will be able to linger for months throwing damaging barbs at establishment favorites who offer a better chance of victory, the thinking goes.