political action committee

noun

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 claim, which has been shared thousands of times, was based on a brief video clip that was taken from C-SPAN footage of the Zelensky event and then posted on Twitter by a liberal political action committee called MeidasTouch. Daniel Dale, CNN, 17 Mar. 2022 Stefanik is backing Tiffany Smiley and will put the resources of her political action committee, Elevate PAC, into flipping the traditionally blue state during the 2022 midterm elections. Marisa Schultz, Fox News, 27 Apr. 2022 Her political action committee, which supports progressive women running for office, has endorsed Allison Holdorff Polhill in Council District 11. Benjamin Oreskes, Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2022 Among his political donations: $800,000 in September 2020 to the Tea Party Patriots political action committee, a group that helped organize the Jan. 6 rally that led to the Capitol insurrection. Megan O’matz, ProPublica, 7 Mar. 2022 Then-editorial page editor James Bennet, in edits to the draft, inserted a false link between a map circulated by Palin’s political action committee (SarahPAC) and the Loughner shooting. Washington Post, 10 Feb. 2022 Both lawsuits were funded by the Minocqua Brewing Co. super political action committee, based out of northern Wisconsin. The Washington Post, Arkansas Online, 13 Oct. 2021 Both lawsuits were funded by the Minocqua Brewing Company super political action committee, based out of northern Wisconsin. Gina Harkins, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Oct. 2021 His company’s political action committee, Ryan Texas PAC, contributed $100,000 to Texans for Dan Patrick on June 30 this year. Dallas News, 30 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of political action committee

1839, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of political action committee was in 1839

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16 May 2022

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“Political action committee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/political%20action%20committee. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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