Political Action Committees

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  • A political action committee (PAC) is a group set up for the specific purpose of coordinating contributions or other efforts to either elect candidates for political office or push for the adoption of ballot initiatives. The first PACs were set up by labor unions and corporations seeking to circumvent the Taft-Hartley Act of 1947, which forbade the spending of union or business money to influence elections. In response, unions and companies set up PACs to raise money from their members with which to push for legislation or candidates friendly to their aims. There are also independent PACs, which are not affiliated with other entities. The Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 and amendments in 1974 established rules regulating PACs, specifying who could contribute and how ...

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