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Super PACs are a dangerous new weapon – The Washington Post

Super PACs are a dangerous new weapon – The Washington Post.

Ruth Marcus
Opinion Writer

Super PACs are a dangerous new weapon

DES MOINESThe barrage of commercials tells the story: This is a presidential election without meaningful contribution limits or timely disclosure, outsourced to political action committees whose spending often dwarfs that of the candidates they support.

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Deep Pockets, Deeply Political – NYTimes.com

Deep Pockets, Deeply Political – NYTimes.com.

December 19, 2011, 10:08 pm

Deep Pockets, Deeply Political

A tiny number of wealthy Americans are playing an ever-increasing role in financing our politics. This is not a good thing for a democracy.

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Citizens United: How Justice Kennedy has paved the way for the return of soft money – Slate Magazine

Citizens United: How Justice Kennedy has paved the way for the return of soft money – Slate Magazine.

Super-Soft Money

How Justice Kennedy paved the way for “SuperPACS” and the return of soft money.

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A new way to buy real influence – POLITICO.com Print View

A new way to buy real influence – POLITICO.com Print View.

A new way to buy real influence

By: Anna Palmer and Jim VandeHei
October 24, 2011 04:37 AM EDT

Good news for rich people, corporate power players and labor bosses who want to buy some real influence with members of Congress: It just got a lot easier.

Many voters assume it’s always been easy to buy influence with lawmakers: Send a few contributions their way and suddenly, you get special treatment.

But the fact is, that’s pretty rare. Up until recently, individuals could give a couple thousand bucks to candidates or $5,000 to political action committees each election, while companies and labor unions could give $5,000 — but only through their PACs. For members raising millions of dollars each election cycle, it’s usually not enough to buy influence.

Now, meet the super PAC, which allows for super giving: unlimited amounts, some that can be delivered in secret. Operatives from both parties have aligned these new groups with nonprofits that allow big checks to be taken in and then spent on any campaign in secret.

So now, if you want to get the attention of a member of Congress, you can kick in major dollars to one of these super PACs — and people who follow money in politics worry that’s when bad things can happen. A single, secret $1 million check — which could become common in the world of super PACs — can really get someone’s attention, especially if they’re a member of Congress on the fundraising treadmill.

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Political groups, now free of limits, spending heavily ahead of 2012 – The Washington Post

Political groups, now free of limits, spending heavily ahead of 2012 – The Washington Post.

A contentious special election in Upstate New Yorkhas quickly become a test run of sorts for 2012 as outside political groups pump more than $2 million into an obscure three-way House contest.Republican and conservative groups, led by the Karl Rove-backed American Crossroads, have flooded the airwaves with ads attacking the Democratic and tea party candidates vying to replace former Republican congressman Chris Lee. Democratic groups and unions have scrambled to catch up, with their own ads attacking the official GOP nominee, though they remain outspent by conservatives in the days ahead of the Tuesday election.

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New breed of ‘super PACs,’ other independent groups could define 2012 campaign – The Washington Post

New breed of ‘super PACs,’ other independent groups could define 2012 campaign – The Washington Post.

One commercial accuses the president of worsening the deficit and says, “It’s time to take away Obama’s blank check.” Another attacks Republican tax and Medicare policies, saying, “We can’t rebuild Americaif they tear down the middle class.”So begins the shadow campaign of 2012, in which a new breed of “super PACs” and other independent groups are poised to spend more money than ever to sway federal elections.

The first major ads look as if they came from a regular campaign. But they were produced and aired by groups independent of Obama and his GOP rivals.

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