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Bill Lueders column: Court ruling blamed for record spending

6:49 PM, Feb. 3, 2013
A view of the Supreme Court in Washington on Wednesday, June 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
A view of the Supreme Court in Washington on Wednesday, June 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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During a recent news conference at the state Capitol, Lisa Graves, executive director of the Madison-based Center for Media and Democracy, made an astonishing claim.

"This past election, in 2012, was the most expensive election in U.S. history," Graves said. "In fact, it was the most expensive election in the history of the world." She later pointed to articles that backed this up, at least in terms of total amount.

The Jan. 22 event, before a mostly empty room, highlighted a new report tracking spending in the 2012 elections, the first since the U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 ruling in Citizens ...

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