WASHINGTON -- Both major political parties predicted an expanded battle for control of
Conservative groups trying to flip control of the
"BOOM - Great news!" wrote the conservative Club for Growth's spokesman Barney Keller on Twitter.
Democrats have largely opposed loosening campaign spending and viewed the court's decision with worry. It expanded on the pivotal 2010 Citizens United case, which opened the door for unlimited spending on political issues by independent groups.
"Another step on the road to ruination," said Sen.
At the same time, Democrats also stand to benefit from the decision because it will allow the party's House and Senate campaign committees to similarly return to deep-pocketed donors. Even more, the committees are allowed to coordinate with the candidate's campaigns in ways the outside groups are precluded from doing.
"That'll significantly boost our efforts to keep control of the Senate," said Matt Canter, deputy executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which has already raised more money than its GOP counterpart.
Fund-raising by both committees, however, is being dwarfed by the money being raised by the outside groups.
"It's just that they have the two brothers," Canter added. "One is named
In the House, where Speaker
"Freedom of speech is being upheld," Boehner said. "Donors ought to have the freedom to give what they want to give."
But within the GOP there are divisions. Sen.
One point is certain, said the independent watchdog group Sunlight Foundation, which tracks money in politics: The wealthy stand to gain greater influence over the process.
The court "might as well have tied a big bow around Congress and delivered it to the 1%," the organization said in a statement.