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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That includes about $400,000 from federal political action committees and individuals outside California. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "In fighting California gas tax, national Republicans see rallying point," 26 June 2018 The tax-exempt foundation, which also had a political action committee and lobbying arm, was the brainchild of Richard Allen, President Reagan's first national security adviser. Christopher Marquis, miamiherald, "Jorge Mas Canosa dead at 58," 15 June 2018 Campaign finance reforms have led to a proliferation of political action committees and independent expenditure committees that have financially dwarfed the actual candidates' campaigns. Amy Chance, sacbee, "California Influencers: What did we learn from the June primary election, and why?," 11 June 2018 Officials with the group, which operates a political action committee and a non-profit arm that does not disclose its donors, won’t discuss overall fundraising totals, but say 94% of its money comes from women. Fredreka Schouten, USA TODAY, "Women break new records for political giving ahead of midterm elections," 9 May 2018 Matt Sanderson, the leader of the political action committee that had been a thorn in the BCS’s side for two years, celebrated the chaos. Ross Dellenger, SI.com, "Did the LSU-Alabama Rematch Really Kill the BCS?," 10 July 2018 The father of a Republican congressional candidate is the sole donor and founder of a political action committee behind a $64,000 ad campaign on behalf of his son’s candidacy. Bryan Lowry, kansascity, "Kansas candidate’s father spends $100,000 in effort to get son elected to Congress," 3 July 2018 The bulk of his fundraising as of January was from union political action committees. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mahlon Mitchell to travel state on beer-themed tour as he seeks to catch up to Democratic rival Tony Evers," 2 July 2018 O’Rourke is now running for Senate, having sworn off all special interest and political action committee funding. Nicole Gaudiano, USA TODAY, "As more Dems reject corporate PAC money, a Texas Senate candidate's PAC-free campaign pays off," 17 June 2018

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1839, in the meaning defined above

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: 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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