“How Super PACs are influencing elections” By Richard S. Dunham

The article below gives the example of how Super PACs are influencing elections by looking at the PAC Campaign for Primary Accountability, started by Texan Leo Linbeck III. The article states, “In the early months of the 2012 campaign, spending by Super PACs dwarfed the amount spent by candidates and traditional political parties.” Super PACs have been key in this year’s Republican primaries. The article claims that Super PACs have “effectively eliminat[ed] contribution limits created by Congress after the Watergate scandal of the 1970s.” The creator of the Campaign for Primary Accountability states, “because some of the biggest groups are taking advantage of a loophole in the law that allows for contributions to be made undisclosed, it has created a sense that shadowy forces are going to dominate American politics.” The article points out the problems associated with Super PACs and their reporting of finances, along with the need for more unaffiliated Super PACS.