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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His real advantage is Uniting Missouri, a political action committee formed by supporters on his behalf that is not bound by the state’s campaign contribution limits. Jason Hancock, kansascity, "Missouri’s new abortion ban has Nicole Galloway leaning toward campaign for governor," 4 June 2019 Federal Elections Commission records show that McInerney is a major contributor to various political action committees around the country, including one supporting U.S. Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio. Christopher Keating, courant.com, "Still No Public Funding for Steve Obsitnik For Governor," 5 July 2018 The Victory Institute, an organization with a sister political action committee called the Victory Fund, is geared toward encouraging more LGBTQ candidates to run for office. Maegan Vazquez, CNN, "A record number of LGBTQ candidates are running for office to run for office. Here's why.," 15 June 2018 Mike Adams is a lawyer who represents Pence’s political action committee and Austin Chambers is a protege of Pence’s chief of staff Nick Ayers, who was Greitens’ top campaign consultant in 2016. Lindsay Wise, Jason Hancock And Steve Vockrodt, kansascity, "Greitens’ legal woes entangle political advisers with ties to Pence’s chief of staff | The Kansas City Star," 3 May 2018 The company’s political action committee and employees are also among McConnell’s top 100 donors this election cycle, according to the CRP. Annie Linskey, BostonGlobe.com, "Koch network calls out Republicans for the first time in national ad buy," 17 Apr. 2018 In Arkansas, a political action committee calling itself Black Americans for the President’s Agenda released a radio ad using racist caricatures in an effort to court black voters. Sheryl Gay Stolberg, The Seattle Times, "Two years and hundreds of inflammatory ads later, the G.O.P. is the party of Trump," 6 Nov. 2018 At the same time the decision opens up the floodgates for political action committees, or PACs, which had long been on the scene but largely on the left. Robert Sullivan, Vogue, "Political Division? That’s Nothing New," 7 Mar. 2019 Bill Baldwin, a longtime real estate broker, volunteer and member of Houston's planning commission, has launched a political action committee aimed at improving the city's neighborhoods, schools and local governments. Nancy Sarnoff, Houston Chronicle, "Houston Realtor Bill Baldwin launches quality of life PAC," 19 June 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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