Last updated on: 11/25/2019 8:02:44 AM PST
Should 2020 Presidential Election Candidates Accept Support from Super PACs?
A Super PAC (political action committee) can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money for or against candidates in elections. Super PACs emerged in the wake of two court rulings in 2010 that said imposing limits on certain contributions to independent organizations was unconstitutional.
Super PACs are allowed to accept donations in unlimited amounts from corporations, unions, associations, and individuals. By contrast, candidates are restricted to donations of $2,700 from individuals per election cycle (there are two cycles per year) and cannot accept donations from corporations, associations, or unions.
Coordination between Super PACs, which can be formed without consent from a candidate, and political campaigns is forbidden.
Super Pacs are different from corporate and leadership PACs.
Source: Tom Murse, "The Era of the Super PAC in American Politics," thoughtco.com, July 3, 2019
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