The Landscape of Campaign Contributions

November 02, 2016

Following the landmark Citizens United ruling, corporations have not participated in campaign finance activities to the extent that many expected. In fact, major companies are not making independent expenditures, and very few public companies are contributing to Super PACs. The Committee for Economic Development conducted an analysis of financial activity in the 2014 elections, as well as a preliminary analysis in the 2016 cycle, from January 2015 through July 2016. It did so to gain further insight into the behavior of corporations and business organizations, as well as other participants, in the wake of Citizens United. The findings are presented in this interim report, The Landscape of Campaign Contributions.