The Year of the Super PAC
Michael S. Kang
Emory University School of Law
December 1, 2013
George Washington Law Review, Vol. 81, p. 1902, 2013
Emory Legal Studies Research Paper No. 14-270
2012 was the year of the Super PAC. In the first presidential election cycle since their development, Super PACs raised almost one billion dollars and enabled the very wealthy to channel money into campaigning like never before during the post-Watergate era. However, still so early in the Super PAC’s evolution, 2012 offered only a taste of what comes next. Super PACs of the future will not serve merely as voice amplifiers for candidates and parties, as they typically seemed in 2012. Super PACs, and related 501(c) entities, enable very wealthy individuals to avoid the usual coordination costs of mass politics and bypass the major parties, a capacity that they will learn to exploit for their independent ends.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 27
Keywords: Campaign Finance, Citizens United, Caperton, Speechnow, Lobbying, Bribery, Independent Expenditures, ElectionsAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: February 2, 2014 ; Last revised: February 22, 2014
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