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Underreported: Politicians and their PAC Money

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Political Action Committees were established to enable politicians to raise money for their colleagues and support their campaigns. On this week’s Underreported, ProPublica reporter Marcus Stern explains how several law makers are now using their PAC money – from golf outings to casinos to commissioning portraits – and why the rules for PAC money aren’t tighter.

You can read his article that appeared in the Washington Post here.
Read the ProPublica article here.
You can look up information about your congressmember's leadership PAC here.

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Marcus Stern
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Comments [2]

Tony from San Jose, CA

Just like Boxer gave $100k to her son:

http://projects.propublica.org/lpacs/payee/douglas-boxer-associates

Oct. 08 2009 01:39 PM
Tony from San Jose, CA

If a company gives money to an African lawmaker in order to have advantageous law passed, it's "corruption."

But if it's an American lawmaker, that's "contribution."

Is there a genuine difference between the two cases that I am missing?

Oct. 08 2009 01:05 PM

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