This article examines a number of potential concerns about unlimited donations to, and independent expenditures by, Super PACs. More specifically, how have Super PACs and other independent organizations acted in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United? What effects did they have during the 2012 electoral season? What implications might their activities have for the conduct of American democracy going forward?
About the authors
Victoria A. Farrar-Myers is Professor of Political Science & Distinguished Teaching Professor at The University of Texas at Arlington. Her scholarship includes numerous publications in the areas of presidential-congressional politics, campaign finance, reform politics, and the democratic nature of U.S. elections.
Richard Skinner teaches political science at the New College of Florida. He is author of More Than Money: Interest Group Action in Congressional Elections (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007) and has published in The Forum, Perspectives on Politics, the Journal of Politics, Political Science Quarterly, Presidential Studies Quarterly, and American Politics Research.
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