Super PAC Influence Falls Short Of Aims

Big outside political groups armed with an unprecedented river of money had appeared poised to be pivotal players in the 2012 elections.

So far, these super PACs are looking less than super.

Freed of any constraints on the size of donations, political action committees have since April poured more than $250 million into the presidential and select congressional races—more than what the two 1996 presidential candidates spent in total on their campaigns, records show.

But signs are few that super PACs have had the major impact that both supporters and critics predicted. The flood of spending doesn't appear to have ...







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