Super PACs and the 2012 Elections

30 Pages Posted: 18 Aug 2012

Date Written: August 2012


Are the 2012 elections being “bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests?” More specifically, how have Super PACs and other independent organizations acted in the wake of the decision, what effects have they had on the electoral process to date, and what implications might their activities have for the conduct of American democracy. This paper will examine a number of potential concerns about the unlimited donations to and independent expenditures by Super PACs.

Keywords: Super PACs, campaign finance, elections

JEL Classification: K49

Suggested Citation

Farrar-Myers, Victoria A. and Skinner, Richard, Super PACs and the 2012 Elections (August 2012). Available at SSRN: or

Victoria A. Farrar-Myers (Contact Author)

UT Arlington ( email )

Department of Political Science
601 S. Nedderman Drive
Arlington, TX 76019
United States

Richard Skinner

American University ( email )

4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20016
United States

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