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Like no other: Super PACs flood 2012 election October 22, 2011

Posted by rmshepard in Uncategorized.
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The 2012 election is shaping up to be an election like no other, thanks to the huge amounts of money being funneled to campaigns by new Super PACs. At one point during the latest election cycle, Super PACs were forming at the rate of about one per day. The organizations, which are allowed to raise and spend unlimited sums of money to support certain candidates, are lining up behind both parties. Among Republicans, though, it has been clear that both Mitt Romney and Rick Perry have enjoyed the most support.

For more on the influence of Super PACs, see the following video from PBS’s NewsHour:

Discussion Questions:

1.  What is a Super PAC?

2.  Why are Super PACs a relatively new phenomenon?

3.  How might Super PACs help determine the winner of the 2012 election?
4.  Is the existence of Super PACs a good thing? Why, or why not?



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