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

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

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O’Rourke, who has sworn off money from political action committees, nevertheless took in some $4 million more than the junior senator in the first three months of the year. Kevin Diaz And Jeremy Wallace, San Antonio Express-News, "Beto O’Rourke sets new fundraising records," 12 July 2018 GEO Group employees and its political action committee have given more than $250,000 to the campaigns of Sen. Marco Rubio. Alex Leary And Steve Bousquet, miamiherald, "Who's holding immigrants in Florida? Private vendors, feds and county sheriffs, too.," 29 June 2018 Ocasio-Cortez, who touted her refusal to accept contributions from corporate political action committees, raised $310,000 and spent $207,000 through June 6. Herb Jackson, USA TODAY, "How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won: Ultra-liberal pitch drew first-time voters in changing district," 27 June 2018 Our political action committee and our executive board decided to hold off on any endorsement for lieutenant governor at this time,’’ said Peter S. Carozza Jr., president of the Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters Association of Connecticut. Daniela Altimari, courant.com, "Firefighters Back Lamont But Refrain From Endorsement In Lt. Gov. Race," 20 June 2018 That's all despite a pledge not to take any money from political action committees. Eric Bradner, CNN, "Why Democrats everywhere are watching Beto O'Rourke's Senate campaign in Texas," 14 Apr. 2018 And the Geo Group’s political action committee, while bipartisan in its giving, allocates many of its biggest donations to Republicans. BostonGlobe.com, "Contractors housing migrant children are close to Trump’s inner circle," 4 July 2018 And the Geo Group’s political action committee, while bipartisan in its giving, allocates many of its biggest donations to Republicans. New York Times, "Some Contractors Housing Migrant Children Are Familiar to Trump’s Inner Circle," 4 July 2018 Those emails, though, were in reference to a different Wall Street Journal story about donations McCabe’s wife had received from a political action committee controlled by Terry McAuliffe, a Clinton ally, McCabe’s lawyer has acknowledged. Matt Zapotosky, Washington Post, "Prosecutors interview Comey as they investigate whether McCabe should be charged," 31 May 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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