Super PACs Defined

The Power of Super PACs was increased by the _Citizens United_ decision in 2010

Newly defined organizations.

“Super PACs are a new kind of political action committee created in July 2010 following the outcome of a federal court case known as v. Federal Election Commission.

Technically known as independent expenditure-only committees, Super PACs may raise unlimited sums of money from corporations, unions, associations and individuals, then spend unlimited sums to overtly advocate for or against political candidates. Super PACs must, however, report their donors to the Federal Election Commission on a monthly or quarterly basis — the Super PAC’s choice — as a traditional PAC would. Unlike traditional PACs, Super PACs are prohibited from donating money directly to political candidates.”



1. Are Super PACS super? Pick a side and argue whether or not you beleive Super PACS are beneficial to a democracy.


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