Having existed and endured for more than 225 years, the U.S. Constitution and the intent of those who created it continues to be a hotly contested topic.
While the Constitution is often thought of the nation’s founding document, it did not go into effect until 1789, more than ten years after the Declaration of Independence of 1776. The Articles of Confederation loosely governed the states prior to 1789, though it lacked several key provisions including distinct branches of government and the ability of the government to tax.
It’s estimated that TV stations’ political ad revenues were around $2.6 billion last year – a 68 percent increase from just 4 years ago.
This was the first big election since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling in 2010 that declared corporations to be people and money to be speech. The ruling made 2012 a good year for TV stations that get paid to air political ads.