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 political action committee Defend Texas Liberty is already looking ahead to March’s primary and recruiting candidates to run against House Republicans who voted to impeach Paxton, Steinhauser said. Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Washington Post, 8 Oct. 2023 Schumer referenced Butler's history as president of EMILY'S List, a political action committee that works to elect Democrat pro-choice women, in expressing confidence about Butler's future as a senator. Allison Pecorin, ABC News, 3 Oct. 2023 Be a Hero, which was formally founded that year, eventually grew to include two nonprofits and a political action committee. Mike Ives, New York Times, 2 Nov. 2023 The Arkansas Ethics Commission’s investigation began after Chris Simpson filed a citizen complaint, alleging that Saline County Republican Women was acting as a political action committee without adequately registering and reporting its status with the Arkansas secretary of state’s office. Michael R. Wickline, Arkansas Online, 17 Oct. 2023 Zack Roday, spokesman for Youngkin’s Spirit of Virginia political action committee, declined to comment on the plans, including speakers, the number of guests or any other details. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, 16 Oct. 2023 Political donations raises questions Though Patrick has been quiet since issuing a gag order for the trial, he’s created controversy by accepting a loan from a pro-Paxton political action committee. Gromer Jeffers Jr., Dallas News, 29 Aug. 2023 The latest fundraising numbers outpaced Trump's second-quarter haul, which totaled more than $35 million, according to Trump's joint fundraising committee, for the Trump campaign and his political action committee Save America. Olivia Rinaldi, Aaron Navarro, CBS News, 5 Oct. 2023 And six members of the legislative council, the group of Alabama lawmakers that holds the power to stop the regulations from taking effect, received financial contributions from the state’s medical political action committee during the 2022 election cycle. Emily Baumgaertner Erin Schaff, New York Times, 30 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Political action committee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/political%20action%20committee. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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