The 2010 midterm elections witnessed the emergence of a potent new way for us to support or oppose a candidate. Super PACs (political action committees) were officially OKed by the Federal Election Commission in the summer of 2010, a move that has essentially eliminated restrictions on financial contributions. Now even comedian Stephen Colbert has a Super PAC. Do you know what the introduction of Super PACs means to the political system and future elections?
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Political action committees (PACs) can give unlimited amounts of money to candidates and political parties.
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PACs are formed by companies, unions and those interested in a specific issue.
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Individual citizens are limited in how much they can give to support a candidate's campaign.
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Super PACs were officially approved by the Federal Election Commission in 2008.
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There is no limit to how much corporations, individuals and unions can give to a Super PAC.
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Super PACs can plot strategy and coordinate with a candidate's campaign.
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If a candidate doesn't like what a Super PAC is saying on his or her behalf, they can force it to stop.
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Only people worth $1 million or more can form a Super PAC.
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The legal underpinning allowing Super PACs is the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission case before the Supreme Court.
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The Citizens United case was unanimous.
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Justices in the majority said the decision was a validation of the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
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Those considered to be part of the Supreme Court's liberal faction were in favor of the decision.
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Republicans benefitted more than Democrats from Super PACs in the 2010 midterm elections.
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Comedian Stephen Colbert launched a Super PAC in 2011.
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Colbert's Super PAC urged voters in the 2011 Ames Straw Poll in Iowa to vote for Texas Governor Rick Perry.
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President Barack Obama was opposed to the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling.
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There are no Super PACs supportive of President Obama.
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Karl Rove was the force behind forming an influential Super PAC.
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As of September 2011, there were more than 100 Super PACs.
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