-By Ned Resnikoff
August 2, 2012- Fifty-seven percent of all super PAC donations in this election has come from a small circle of just 47 donors, says a new report by Demos. Those are the donors who have given over $1 million each; those who have given over $10,000 account for 94 percent of all Super PAC fundraising.
"[O]ur research shows that outside spending groups that aggregate unlimited contributions are distorting our democracy, functioning as megaphones for (sometimes unseen) millionaires and moguls," the report says. The authors, Adam Lioz and Blair Bowie, recommend a Constitutional amendment to allow limits on campaign contributions, among other proposed remedies.
One of the report's more surprising findings concerns "dark money," or super PAC contributions from unknown sources: as it turns out, only 2.8 percent of all super PAC fundraising came from undisclosed sources. 7.6 percent of all outside campaign donations—including to super PACs, 527s and other non-profits—was dark.