political action committee


Definition of political action committee

: a group formed (as by an industry or an issue-oriented organization) to raise and contribute money to the campaigns of candidates likely to advance the group's interests

Examples of political action committee in a Sentence

The governor received over $3 million in campaign contributions from political action committees.

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So were companies with political action committees that donate to Republicans more than Democrats. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Companies who donated to Republicans made sure the tax cuts looked helpful for workers," 17 Dec. 2018 Corporate political action committees aren’t as motivated by partisan politics as individuals tend to be. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Bitcoin turns 10, Apple’s first $100 billion quarter?," 1 Nov. 2018 The political action committee that ran the ad was originally formed to support U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson's unsuccessful presidential campaign. Fox News, "Attack ad against McCaskill slammed as 'Islamophobic'," 27 Sep. 2018 The Congressional Black Caucus political action committee also is supporting the incumbent. Vanessa Williams, Washington Post, "After Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s upset in N.Y., can Ayanna Pressley pull off a repeat in Massachusetts?," 28 June 2018 The post includes details on federal contribution laws, including that personal contributions are limited to $5,400 per person, including $2,700 for the Primary Election and $2,700 for the General Election, or $5,000 per political action committee. Steven Lemongello, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Mike Miller criticized for holding Miami fundraiser on Pulse anniversary," 12 June 2018 According to government watchdog group Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters' political action committee is shelling out about $172,900 on staff and ads to support Frostman. Todd Richmond, The Christian Science Monitor, "Wisconsin special elections could build red or blue momentum," 11 June 2018 Harmeet Dhillon, a civil rights attorney and an RNC committee woman from California and Scott Bolden, Chair of the National Bar Association political action committee. Fox News, "Media downplay Trump administration's economic successes," 28 July 2018 Sarah Dolan, a spokeswoman for the GOP political action committee America Rising. Eliza Collins, USA TODAY, "Women are winning, but Democrats' division is still there: Takeaways from Tuesday's primary," 16 May 2018

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1839, in the meaning defined above

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US : a group that is formed to give money to the political campaigns of people who are likely to make decisions that would benefit the group's interests

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