political action committee


political action committee
n.
an organization representing the interests of a corporation, labor union, trade association, etc. that solicits and collects political campaign contributions from individuals and distributes them to particular candidates

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(abbr PAC) n
(in the US) any group formed to raise money for candidates in elections who support their views and agree to protect their interests.

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▪ American politics
      in U.S. politics, an organization whose purpose is to raise and distribute campaign funds to candidates seeking political office. PACs are formed by corporations, labour unions, trade associations, or other organizations to solicit voluntary campaign contributions from individuals and channel the resulting funds to candidates for elective offices in the federal government, primarily in the House of Representatives and the Senate. PACs rose to prominence after the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 set strict limits on the amount of money a particular corporation, union, or private individual could give to a candidate. By soliciting smaller contributions from a much larger number of individuals, PACs circumvent these limitations and manage to provide substantial funds for candidates. By the late 20th century, the vast amounts of money raised by PACs had greatly escalated the cost of running for federal office in the United States.

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Universalium. 2010.

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