It seems that Super PACs are everywhere these days. In recent weeks, they have been the focus of numerous news reports and blogs as well as fodder for late-night comedians. Super PACs, which emerged after the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United, have created controversy because they may accept unlimited contributions and make unlimited expenditures (under certain conditions) in order to advocate for or against particular political candidates.
If you want to learn more about Super PACs beyond what you have been seeing in the news, the Congressional Research Service recently issued a helpful report explaining what they are, how they are regulated, the types of information they must disclose, and Super PAC activity in the 2010 election. California Watch and the Center for Investigative Reporting have also put together a searchable database with information about who is donating to Super PACs. Finally, OpenSecrets.org has provided a table listing how Super PAC money is being spent.
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