Super PACs are Here

More money, more problems? The Mitt Romney super PAC Restore Our Future spent $14 million on ads in a three-state blitz in January, according to campaign reports. Most of the money was for attack ads on other opponents. Though Romney had a shaky January—losing South Carolina to Newt Gingrich—the super PAC has raised $7 million in the first month of the year, bringing its funds to more than $16 million at the start of February. Since the controversial Citizens United ruling, super PACs have made campaign fundraising significantly easier as candidates can now solicit large donations from supporters for the super PAC as opposed to traditional fundraising. Consider the number of these new organizations currently in operation. Even Stephen Colbert is on these new organizations.

 

 

Discussion Questions:

  • Are Super PACs good for democracy? Why or why not?
  • How do you believe Super PACs will ultimately impact the GOP nomination and presidential races in our country?
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