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(in the US) an organization that raises money privately to influence elections or legislation, particularly at the federal level:‘her political action committee has raised almost $900,000 this election cycle’
- ‘Revisions of the law did allow political action committees to use corporate money for ‘administrative’ purposes.’
- ‘Therefore, I propose that we organize a political action committee on a national level, to address the concerns of our communities.’
- ‘America Votes will have help from a new political action committee, America Coming Together, which expects to raise $75 million by Election Day in pledges from wealthy donors.’
- ‘They banded together to launch the first national Black women's political action committee.’
- ‘Love Makes a Family's political action committee endorsed 26 legislative candidates.’
- ‘Instead, they establish political action committees, or PACs, through which money is funneled on the suspect theory that there is a difference between a corporation or organization and the PAC.’
- ‘Incumbents also find it easier than challengers to raise money - largely from wealthy political action committees and their parties who seek to invest in success and relative certainty.’
- ‘Republicans have long raised more than Democrats in so-called hard money donations, which come from individuals and political action committees and are limited in size.’
- ‘Most of that money does not come from voluntary contributions to political action committees, which I have no problem with.’
- ‘These campaign finance laws forced special interests to organize into political action committees and greatly institutionalized the practice of buying influence with campaign contributions.’
- ‘The challengers will run ads with money provided by special-interest political action committees portraying the incumbents as anti-family spendthrift liberals.’
- ‘Currently Pennsylvania law prohibits corporations from contributing money to candidates, but individuals and political action committees can give unlimited cash.’
- ‘The prevailing view is that with the banning of soft money, political action committees will once again serve as the conduit of choice for the wealthy.’
- ‘The idea was to reduce the influence of big-money corporate political action committees and high-net-worth donors.’
- ‘In addition to parties, there are also political action committees, lobbying groups, campaign organizations, trade unions, and industry and professional organizations.’
- ‘Some provisions restrict people's contributions of money to candidates, parties, or political action committees.’
- ‘To make their new buddy feel welcome at the dinner, the lobbyists pitched in $100,000 for his political action committee.’
- ‘She wrote checks to herself from the political action committee's bank account.’
- ‘In the private sector, he headed a multicandidate political action committee, practiced law with two firms, and headed the law department of a trade association.’
- ‘It doesn't ban such ads, but it does say the issue groups would have to raise separate money through a political action committee - ‘hard money’ it's called - to pay for those ads.’
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