This election will be known for marking the rise of the Tea Party in American Politics. In reality it marks the rise of corprate spending in American politics. Citizens United vs Fed Elect Committee had a bigger impact on the outcome than the grass roots tea Party did Conservatives outspent liberals 2-1 in elections - USATODAY.com The Democrats brought a bat, and the Republicans brought a grenade," said Dave Levinthal of the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks campaign money. "If you think spending is out of control by outside groups, it likely will blow your mind in the presidential election." President Obama has repeatedly lambasted conservative groups for their role in the midterm elections and criticized the Supreme Court's decision in January that opened the floodgates to unlimited corporate and union spending on election ads. Conservative spending has topped $187 million this year, up from $19.6 million in 2006, the last midterm election, the center's data show.