Political Action Commitees or PACs
A group organized to provide support, monetary or othewise, to political candidats.
Connected PAC - sponsored by "corporations, labor unions, and trade associations. The sponsoring organization is able to fund administrative and fundraising expenses. (Almanac of Federal PACs, p. xiii)
Nonconnected PAC - freestanding organizations that have no sponsors, and have to pay for costs out of their contributed revenues. (Almanac of Federal PACs, p. xiii)
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