Do the benefits of
“super PACs” out-
Grand Prairie, TX
[It] allows candidates
who would not be able
to run without super
PACs to run.
weigh the criticisms?
A SUPREME COURT decision in 2010 has led to a new way to finance
political campaigns: the super PAC (political action committee).
Although candidates are not allowed to be directly involved with super
PACs, these committees are allowed to raise unlimited sums of money
from groups or individuals and then spend unlimited sums to advocate
openly for or against candidates.
Supporters say that super PACs enhance the democratic process by
allowing people who would otherwise not be able to run for office to
become candidates. Super PACs also educate voters by providing them
with information from a variety of voices, they insist.
Critics consider super PACs a blot on the U.S. democratic system: a
means for very wealthy individuals or well-funded special interests to dis-
tort the political process, curry favor with candidates and mislead voters.
What do you think?
David A. Hermens
West Linn, OR
I strongly believe
in the First
Amendment. I think
or corporations can
and should participate in our
Lynn F. Farris
There should be free-
dom for everyone to
support the candidate
of their choice with
whatever funds are
available to them.
Find out more about this topic on the Web:
www.localvictory.com (Search: The Pros and Cons of Starting Your
Own Political Action Committee)
www.fas.org (Search: “Super PACs” in Federal Elections: Overview
and Issues for Congress)
www.wikipedia.org (Search: Super PACs)
Jon Tester, U.S. Senator (D)
Big Sandy, MT
I support overturning
the Supreme Court
decision that allows
spending on our
political campaigns with no
transparency or accountability.
Super PACs support
large corporations ...
with special interests
and mostly to get
what they want from
Money is too pervasive; campaign funding should be limited
and financed through
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