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.
Recent Examples on the Web The policy applies to candidates for office, elected and appointed officials, political parties, political action committees including SuperPACs and 501c4 orgs. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "Spotify Suspends Political Advertising, Citing Lack of 'Robust' Review Capabilities," 27 Dec. 2019 But Marshall argued that, since one of the political action committees was across state lines, the PAC-to-PAC ban didn’t prohibit those transfers of special interest money. al, "Whitmire: Who was the scummiest of them all?," 29 Dec. 2019 In May of this year, Singer donated $10,600 to a political action committee in support of Sasse. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Tucker Carlson: Sasse should return donations from hedge fund manager Paul Singer," 5 Dec. 2019 The 2014 ruling eliminated a $123,200 cap on contributions an individual could give to all federal candidates, parties and political action committees in a two-year election cycle. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court re-enters debate on money in politics by vacating decision on Alaska contribution limits," 26 Nov. 2019 The two were subsequently charged in the U.S. with illegally funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars to U.S. officials and a political action committee that backed Trump. Chris Strohm, Fortune, "Feds Investigating Giuliani for Financial Dealings Tied to Ukraine Scandal," 15 Nov. 2019 Bevin's reelection campaign reported raising $409,710 in contributions from individuals and $32,000 from political action committees in the two-week reporting period from Oct. 7-21. Joe Sonka, The Courier-Journal, "Beshear continues to outraise Bevin in Kentucky gubernatorial race's final stretch," 28 Oct. 2019 Neither is a campaign committee or a political action committee, so they are not registered with the Maryland Board of Elections and do not need to disclose their donors. Luke Broadwater, baltimoresun.com, "Hogan group to host high-dollar fundraiser at Cordish casino to prepare for school funding fight," 14 Oct. 2019 However, a political action committee can be created to raise and spend money. oregonlive.com, "McLeod-Skinner considering 2020 run for secretary of state," 26 June 2019

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1839, in the meaning defined above

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“Political action committee.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/political%20action%20committee. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of political action committee

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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