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Super PACs Unpacked

What are “political action committees” in the first place? When did they become super? And how influential are they really?

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  • NPR’s Intelligence Squared hosts a radio debate on the question: “Are Super PACs Good For Democracy?
  • Over at the Huffington Post, Lawrence Lessig describes how unlimited Super PAC fundraising can affect the decisions made by members of Congress.
  • Slate’s Dave Weigel notes that Super PACs made the 2012 GOP primary much more competitive than it would have been otherwise.
  • Politico reports on how the IRS has let 501(c)(4) groups “essentially write their own rulebook for political spending.”
  • In the New Yorker, Jeffrey Toobin unravels how Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts “orchestrated the Citizens United decision.”


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Credits: Written by Patrick Sharma and Josh Kalven.
Designed by Tabriz Ghazi and Katie Tonkovich.
Images courtesy of the Associated Press.

First Published: 10/23/2012