A liberal super PAC that conducts opposition research for Democratic candidates and organizations.
Players Guide 2012
The 2012 campaign cycle marks the first presidential election since the 2010 Supreme Court ruling that allowed corporations and unions to spend more freely in federal elections. The loosened campaign finance rules, coupled with an intense competition between the two major parties, have served only to embolden independent political groups that hope to influence the 2012 races.
Below is a list of most major groups that have been active or expect to be active in the 2012 federal elections. Many of these groups can accept unlimited donations. Others can accept unlimited donations and avoid disclosing their donors. There’s even a new breed of so-called independent groups that advocate solely for a single presidential candidate.
Who are these groups and who’s behind them? Click on the links below to find out.
The groups below were selected based on the amount they have spent, or say they plan to spend, or the media attention they have attracted. It is not a comprehensive list, and additional groups will be added as the campaign season unfolds.
A super PAC focused on keeping the U.S. Senate under Democratic control.
FreedomWorks for America is a super PAC formed by some of the conservative leaders in the tea party movement.
Club for Growth Action, the super PAC of the conservative Club for Growth, largely targets Republicans in primaries and Democrats in the general election.
A conservative group with ties to the National Republican Senatorial Committee and former Nevada Sen. John Ensign.
The Campaign for Primary Accountability is a Texas-based Super PAC funded largely by conservatives that targets long-time House members of both parties.
Pro-Life Super PAC is a political action committee that supports candidates with “a strong pro-life record.”
A pro-Rick Santorum “super PAC” started by a political adviser to former Iowa Rep. Jim Nussle.
A “super PAC” backing Rep. Ron Paul for president. It was created by a Paul donor and fundraiser.
Winning Our Future is a “super PAC” supporting the candidacy of Republican presidential candidate and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.