The New York Times writes on squishy political influence

Derek Willis from The New York Times provided this great quote – “To congressional campaign workers, the groups that can raise and spend unlimited donations can seem like unpredictable wedding guests: You don’t know when they’ll show up, what they’ll bring or whether their presence will prove a welcome distraction or a disaster,” in his blog post Soft Money’s Squishy Political Influence.  Willis also wrote: “But the report’s main conclusion, reinforced in multiple anecdotes, is that power has been shared with — or taken by — outside groups at the expense of candidates and parties, who are left on the defensive and forced to account for the presence of high-spending outfits.”