Opinion

January 27, 2010 12:39 PM

Commentary: A wave of secret campaign donations is on its way

As high-powered consultants plot strategy in the race for U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer's seat, they should factor in Sandy Greiner, a 64-year-old grandmother six times over from Keota, Iowa. Greiner and people like her suddenly became more important to American politics last week because of a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling and the stunning vote in Massachusetts. Sandra H. Greiner is president of American Future Fund, a nonprofit corporation that espouses limited taxes and opposes President Barack Obama's economic policies and health care proposals. Entities like Greiner's operate in the shadows. Their donors are anonymous. The power behind them is rarely apparent. It's impossible to track the exact amounts they spend on campaigns in any timely fashion.

Related content

Comments

Videos

More Videos

British royal family, Obamas trash talk ahead of Invictus Games 00:40

British royal family, Obamas trash talk ahead of Invictus Games

Actress Allison Janney surprises reporters at White House press briefing 02:49

Actress Allison Janney surprises reporters at White House press briefing

Senators McCain, Roberts have heated exchange over Obama’s Army nominee 02:32

Senators McCain, Roberts have heated exchange over Obama’s Army nominee

Bald eagle parents feed a cat to their babies 01:41

Bald eagle parents feed a cat to their babies

John Boehner calls Ted Cruz ‘Lucifer in the flesh’ 00:45

John Boehner calls Ted Cruz ‘Lucifer in the flesh’

Funniest presidents of the last 25 White House Correspondents' Dinners 02:24

Funniest presidents of the last 25 White House Correspondents' Dinners

Gov. Nikki Haley: Keep Gitmo detainees out of South Carolina 07:48

Gov. Nikki Haley: Keep Gitmo detainees out of South Carolina

Team USA counts down to Summer Olympics in Rio 01:40

Team USA counts down to Summer Olympics in Rio

Harnessing the power of water to turn it into electricity 03:51

Harnessing the power of water to turn it into electricity

Ted Cruz announces that Carly Fiorina as running mate 02:31

Ted Cruz announces that Carly Fiorina as running mate

Will Carly Fiorina help Ted Cruz win the Republican nomination? 01:30

Will Carly Fiorina help Ted Cruz win the Republican nomination?

S.C. Chamber of Commerce D.C. Fly-In 01:08

S.C. Chamber of Commerce D.C. Fly-In

Share Video

Editor's Choice Videos