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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

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 Super PACs
Excerpt and brief comment by Carolyn Bennett
From Center for Responsive Politics

“As of April 9, 2012, 412 groups organized as Super PACs have reported total receipts of $155,547,779 and total independent expenditures of $86,322,408 in the 2012 cycle.
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“Super PACs are a new kind of political action committee created in July 2010 following the outcome of a federal court case known as SpeechNow.org v. Federal Election Commission.
Technically known as independent expenditure-only committees,

“Super PACs may raise unlimited sums of money from corporations, unions, associations and individuals then spend unlimited sums to overtly advocate for or against political candidates.

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“Super PACs must, however, report their donors to the Federal Election Commission on a monthly or quarterly basis — the Super PACs’ choice — as a traditional PAC would.

“Unlike traditional PACs, Super PACs are prohibited from donating money directly to political candidates” [Center for Responsive Politics].

Does voting matter in the United States? 

Does “democracy” really exist in a country where government officials are bought and sold like chattel, where money is laundered,  and concentrated money buys and sells governance and government policy and practice?

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How much of this WASTE would  fund quality education for every child in every state of the Union (USA)? 

How much would go a long way in bringing to peoples of underdeveloped and war-torn countries basic healthcare, education, housing, employment?

Super PACs’ reporting as of April 9, 2012
ViewpointTotal Raised
Restore Our Futuresupports Romney $40,495,254Conservative$43,220,562
Winning Our Futuresupports Gingrich $16,454,135Conservative$18,856,189
Red, White & Bluesupports Santorum $7,478,733Conservative$5,764,734
Endorse Libertysupports Paul $4,090,755Conservative$3,679,464
Make Us Great Againsupports Perry $3,959,824Conservative$5,485,885
Our Destiny PACsupports Huntsman $2,804,234Conservative$3,166,244
House Majority PAC$1,798,141Liberal$3,020,215
Freedomworks for America$1,246,461Conservative$3,496,417
Campaign for Primary Accountability$1,136,257$1,856,719
American Crossroads$1,016,332Conservative$26,851,088
Priorities USA Actionsupports Obama $956,515Liberal$6,489,224
Club for Growth Action$574,097Conservative$5,203,955
Majority PAC$509,210Liberal$2,524,425
Citizens for a Working America PACsupports Romney $455,000Conservative$858
9-9-9 FUNDsupports Cain $436,055Conservative$617,620
Santa Rita Super PACsupports Paul $317,542Conservative$234,096
American Jobs PAC$254,969Conservative$0
Women Vote!$241,374Liberal$632,631
American Foundations Committee$214,693Conservative$0
Strong America Nowsupports Gingrich $211,692Conservative$249,434
Americans for Rick Perrysupports Perry $202,865Conservative$433,256
Winning Freedomsupports Gingrich $170,135Conservative$0
Rethink PACopposes Brown $156,000Liberal$626,736
Leaders for Familiessupports Santorum $135,468Conservative$150,050
Revolution PACsupports Paul $128,396Conservative$683,201
Communications Workers of America$107,000Liberal$920,971
Hoosiers for Economic Growth & Jobs$103,545$0
Conservative Action Fund$103,159Conservative$86,771
Cooperative of American Physicians$102,184$2,470,364
Americans for a Better Tomorrow,Tomorrow$79,493$1,077,777
New Prosperity Foundation$52,888Conservative$236,953
YG Action Fundsupports Cantor $52,000Conservative$255,000
Indiana Values Super PAC$51,694$10,000
Strength & Liberty PAC$50,000$0
Conservatives for Freedom$31,500Conservative$33,500
Keep Conservatives Unitedsupports Bachmann $22,380Conservative$27,162
Lantern Project$20,435Liberal$26,805
Suburban Voters for Choice$18,900$0
Independent Source$18,805Liberal$102,025
DGA Action$14,344Liberal$226,141
Saving Florida's Future$12,234Liberal$135,661
1911 Unitedsupports Obama $8,660Liberal$46,095
Strong Utahsupports Hatch $8,000Conservative$11,250
Sam vs the Machine$6,114$0
Turn Right USA$5,792Conservative$420
United Mine Workers of America Power PAC$4,782Liberal$0
Raising Red$2,125Conservative$206,435
Matthew 25 Network$1,100Liberal$0
America for the People$737$780
Tea Party Fund$400Conservative$4,134
Texas Aggies for Perry 2012supports Perry $0Conservative$0
Brady Bunch PAC$0Liberal$0
Legislating Effective American Democracy$0$0
ABO 2012 Super PAC$0Conservative$0
Ron Paul Volunteerssupports Paul $0Conservative$0
New Independent Party$0$0
Liberty Action PAC$0$0
American Sunrise$0Liberal$0
Protecting Our Vote$0Liberal$0
Patriot Super PAC$0Conservative$0
Citizens Fireup Super PAC$0$0
Fund for Freedom$0$0
Building a Better Bluegrass$0$0
Hispanic Vote$0Conservative$0
Occupy Politics$0Liberal$0
American LP$0Liberal$0
The Internet$0$0
A SuperPAC for Hire$0$0
California for Integrity in Government$0$0
Citizens for Prosperity & Good Governmen$0$0
Better Tomorrow$0$0
Bucket Tea Party$0Liberal$0
Friends for Democracy in Libya$0$0
Patriots for a Better Tomorrow$0$0
Pride PAC$0Liberal$0
Christians for a Change$0$0
Blyth Americasupports Blyth $0$0
A Congress That Works$0$0
Central Pennsylvania Republican Council$0Conservative$0
Congressional Elections PAC$0Conservative$0
American Values Coalition$0Liberal$0
Protect America Today$0Conservative$0
Michigan Jobs Alliance$0$0
Moving Arizona Forward$0Liberal$0
Occupy Wall Street PAC$0Liberal$0
Navajo Natani$0$0
Americans for More Rhombus$0$0
Defending Libertysupports Paul $0Conservative$0
United States for Everyone$0Conservative$0
Gulfstream America Super PAC$0$0
Live Free or Die PAC$0$0
National Security for America$0$0
Tea Party Express Presidential Campaign$0Conservative$0
Men Against Prostitution & Trafficking$0$0
Reaching Stars - Securing Our Future$0$0
Real Street Conservatives PAC$0$0
We Are the 99% Movement$0Liberal$0
Citizens Against Super PACs$0$0
Family Faith Future$0Liberal$0
Citizens for a Better Kansas$0$0
Joe Six PAC$0$0
TTBO Super PAC$0$0
Texas Conservatives Fundsupports Dewhurst $0Conservative$0
Citizens for Justice$0$0
Conservative Renewal$0Conservative$0
Damian Palmer & Jack Pilgrim for a Bette$0$0
Jobs, Opportunity & Freedom PAC$0$0
Res Publica$0$0
Americans for Accountability in Leadersh$0$0
The Anti-Corruption Revolution SuperPac$0$0
Liberty Principles PAC$0$0
America for Americans$0$0
Hoosiers United and Strong PACsupports Bates Jr $0Conservative$0
Americans Wanting Truth in Politics$0Conservative$0
Why Not ZoidPAC?$0$0
Liberty for All Super PAC$0$0
Proper Role of Government Action Fund$0$0
Coastal Florida's Future PAC$0$0
Unity 2012$0Liberal$0
Restoring America Project$0$0
Citizens for Good Government$0$0
People for Creating Sustainable Jobs in $0$0
Young Democrats of America$0Liberal$0
Restoring America$0$0
Veterans for Liberty Super PACsupports Paul $0Conservative$0
Grassroots for Libertysupports Paul $0Conservative$0
Independence Virginia PAC$0Conservative$0
Citizens for Conservative Leadership$0Conservative$0
Inland Empire Taxpayers for Jobs$0$0
American Values$0Liberal$0
I Ride Inside - The Pets Against Romney opposes Romney $0Liberal$0
Dogs Against Romneyopposes Romney $0Liberal$0
We the People for a Constitutional Ameri$0$0
Accomplish Our Missionsupports Romney $0Conservative$0
Now or Never PAC$0$0
Freedom Fund for America's Future$0$0
Parents Against Child Access to Pornogra$0$0
Central Valley PAC$0$0
Voice of Freedom Super PAC$0Conservative$0
We Believe USA$0$0
The Wednesday Morning Conservatives$0Conservative$0
Neutralizing Force$0$0
Peeps PAC$0$0
Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Yesterd$0$0
DogPACopposes Romney $0Liberal$0
Thank You Citizen's United! Super PAC$0$0
A Better Congress PACsupports Herrera $0Liberal$0
Friends of Traditional Banking$0$0
Mitt is Mean-The Animal Lovers Against Ropposes Romney $0Liberal$0
Democracy Stewards Super PAC$0$0
Bluegrass Votes Super PAC$0$0
Freedom PAC$0$0
Freedom Pioneers Action Network$0Conservative$0
Prosperity First$0$0
Pro-Life Super PAC$0Conservative$0
The People's SuperPAC$0$0
Citizens Against the Peripheral Canal/Ot$0$0
Americans for Growth, Opportunity and Pr$0$0
Twelve Is Enough Super PAC$0$0
Just Drink the Koolaid$0$0
American Promise PAC$0$0
Citizens Benighted PAC$0$0
Putting America First$0$0
Freedom of Web$0$0
Vietnamese American PAC$0$0
Carpenter's Dist. Council/KC & Vicinity$0Liberal$0
Texas Strategic Alliance PACsupports Romney $0Conservative$0
Texans for Action PAC$0$0
Arizona for Liberty$0$0
Environmental Action$0$0
New Virginia PAC$0$0
Students Winning American Government$0$0
American Latino Alliance$0$0
National Right to Life Victory Fund$0Conservative$0
Freedom Trail Action Network$0Conservative$0
Freedom Plains Action Network$0Conservative$0
Taxpayer Network$0$0
Advancing Manufacturing & Industry in Am$0$0
Protect Alaska's Future$0$0
Republican Truth Squadsupports Romney $0Conservative$0
2010 Leadership Council$0Liberal$0
50 State Strategy$0Liberal$1,695
A Promise to Our Children$0Conservative$325
Accountability 2010$0Liberal$598
Action 4 Liberty$0Conservative$0
AFL-CIO Workers' Voices PAC$0Liberal$3,706,497
Alaskans Standing Together$0Conservative$8,337
Alliance to Protect Taxpayers$0Liberal$0
America Get Up$0Conservative$31,720
America Votes Action Fund$0Liberal$927,135
America's Families First Action Fund$0Liberal$160,373
America's Next Generation$0$36,708
America's President Committee$0Conservative$124,343
America's Super Alliance PAC$0$0
American Bridge 21st Century$0Liberal$3,729,559
American Citizens of Modest Means$0$0
American Conservative Union$0Conservative$4,556
American Crosswinds$0$0
American Dental Assn$0$18
American Freedom & Growth$0$0
American Legacy Alliance$0Conservative$2,226
American Pheonix Super PAC$0$0
American Working Familiessupports Warren $0Liberal$292
Americans for a Better Tomorrow Today$0Liberal$1,080
Americans for a Better Way Forward$0$100,000
Americans for New Leadership$0Conservative$18,113
Arizonans Working Together$0Conservative$0
Article II Super PAC$0Conservative$4,321
Blue America PAC$0Liberal$2,084
Cain Connections PACsupports Cain $0Conservative$50,000
California Association of Physician Grou$0$40,000
Campaign for American Values$0Conservative$423,100
CARMEN'S List$0Liberal$5,228
CAs for Fiscally Conservative Leadership$0Conservative$1
CatholicVote.org Candidate Fund$0Conservative$100
CAUSE PAC$0Liberal$1,540
Chase Bank Customers Super PAC$0Conservative$0
Christians United$0$0
Christine PAC$0Conservative$299,362
Citizens Alliance for Better Candidates$0$0
Citizens for Economic & Natl Security$0Conservative$1
Citizens for Strength & Security$0Liberal$74,944
Citizens Protest Non Profit$0Liberal$35,815
Citizens United$0Conservative$6,577
Club for Growth Advocacy$0Conservative$0
Cmte to Elect Effective Valley Congressmsupports Berman $0Liberal$1,000
Cmte for a New Start in the Right Direct$0$0
Coalition for American Values$0Conservative$50,000
Coalition to Protect American Values$0Conservative$0
Concerned Taxpayers of America$0Conservative$0
Congressional Leadership Fund$0Conservative$130,604
Conservative National Committee$0Conservative$100
Conservative Victory$0Conservative$0
Conservatives for Truth$0Conservative$627
CREDO Super PAC$0Liberal$567,690
Downtown for Democracy$0Liberal$3,498
Draft Christie For President$0Conservative$5,680
Economic Innovation Action Fund$0Liberal$210,000
Economic Strategy Group$0$0
Efficient America$0Liberal$555
Emergency Cmte for Israel$0Conservative$18,278
Ending Spending Fund$0Conservative$0
Environment Colorado Action Cmte$0Liberal$2,500
Faith Family Freedom Fund$0Conservative$222,219
Bank of America Customers Super PAC$0Conservative$0
Feel the Heat PAC$0$0
Florida Freedom & Growth$0Conservative$0
Florida Is Not for Sale$0Liberal$0
Frack Action USA$0$0
Freedom & Liberty PACsupports Johnson $0Conservative$0
Freedom Born$0$100
Freedom Frontier Action Fund$0Conservative$100
Freedom Path Action Network$0Conservative$100
Friends for a Democratic White House$0Liberal$0
Global Diaspora PAC$0$0
Government Integrity Fund$0$0
Grow PAC$0Conservative$21,497
Heartland Revolution Citizens Fund$0Liberal$63,680
Human Rights Campaign Equality Votes$0Liberal$0
indyamericans.comopposes Perry $0Liberal$1,813
JAN PAC$0$21,912
Jobs for Floridasupports Perry $0Conservative$0
Jobs For Iowasupports Perry $0Conservative$136,000
Jobs for South Carolinasupports Perry $0Conservative$0
LA Forward$0$5,000
Social Security Administration Employees$0Conservative$0
League of Conservation Voters$0Liberal$160,672
Let Freedom Ring America PAC$0Conservative$11,000
Lincoln Club of Orange County IE Cmte$0Conservative$0
Louisiana Truth PAC$0Liberal$15,250
Lunch Pail Republicans Indep Expenditure$0Conservative$100,000
Majority Action$0Liberal$32
Middle Resolution$0Conservative$404,075
My America$0$36,410
National Assn of Realtors$0$844
National Republican Women's Cmte$0Conservative$4,709
Natl Nurses United 4 Patient Protection$0Liberal$0
NEA Advocacy Fund$0Liberal$510,951
New Hope PAC$0$0
New House Independent Expenditure Cmte$0$0
New Power PAC$0Liberal$18,572
No 2 Sides PAC$0$0
No Mercy PAC$0Conservative$365
Ohio State Tea Party$0Conservative$0
Ohioans for Opportunity$0Liberal$52,490
Our Future Ohio PAC$0Liberal$5,075
Our Voice$0Conservative$65,350
Parents for a Brighter Future$0$302
Partnership for America's Future$0Conservative$0
Patriot Majority PAC$0Liberal$10,947
Patriots Fund$0Conservative$20,500
Peach Tea PAC$0$551
People's Majority$0Conservative$0
Planned Parenthood Votes$0Liberal$1,053,519
Playoff PAC$0$16,157
President Downgrade$0$312
Progressive Kick$0Liberal$211,090
Protecting America's Retirees$0Liberal$6,153
Protecting Choice in California 2010$0Liberal$2,348
PURO PAC$0$222,933
Real Leader PAC$0$250,000
Rebuilding Americasupports Berman $0Liberal$20,000
Remove Weiner Support Ulrich$0Conservative$0
Renew Delawareopposes Carper $0Conservative$50,000
Republican Governors Assn Ohio$0Conservative$183,096
Republican Presidenital Elections Victor$0Conservative$0
Republican Super PAC$0Conservative$1,500
Restart Congress$0Conservative$0
Restore America's Voice PAC$0Conservative$31,278
Restore Our America$0Conservative$20,679
Restore Trust PAC$0$0
Secure Arizona PAC$0$100
Sierra Club Independent Action$0Liberal$0
Small Business Political Alliance$0Conservative$0
Solutions 2012supports Gingrich $0Conservative$64,107
Speak Out For America$0Conservative$19,171
Spirit of America Solutions$0Conservative$0
Stop Public Unions Now$0Conservative$31,609
Students, Mothers & Concerned Citizens$0$31,201
Super PAC for America$0Conservative$789,225
TEA PAC$0Conservative$100
Texans for America's Futureopposes Perry $0Conservative$125,000
Texas Tea Party Patriots PAC$0Conservative$305,418
The American Worker$0Liberal$112,713
Triple Crown Project$0$10,000
Trust In Small Business$0Conservative$64,149
United Food & Commercial Workers Advcy$0Liberal$0
Yale University Grads Super PAC$0Conservative$0
Hillary Clinton For A Better America Sup$0Conservative$0
Bill Clinton for a Better America Super $0Conservative$0
Alaska Natives Tribe Super PAC$0Conservative$0
Bloomingdale's Depart Store Customers Su$0Conservative$0
MLB Sports Players Super PAC$0Conservative$0
Regions Bank Customers Super PAC$0Conservative$0
USAID Employees Super PAC$0Conservative$0
United States Billionaires Super PAC$0Conservative$0
Harvard University Graduates Super PAC$0Conservative$0
State Farm Insurance Customers Super PAC$0Conservative$0
United States Dept of Commerce Employees$0Conservative$0
United Nations Diplomats Super PAC$0Conservative$0
Sears Department Store Customers Super P$0Conservative$0
Dick Cheney for a Better America Super P$0Conservative$0
American Indians Tribe Super PAC$0Conservative$0
Republican 2012 Presidential Candidates $0Conservative$0
United States Dept of Defense Employees $0Conservative$0
General Motors Customers Super PAC$0Conservative$0
AIG Insurance Customers Super PAC$0Conservative$0
United States Treasury Employees Super P$0Conservative$0
Amtrust Bank Customers Super PAC$0Conservative$0
United States Dept of Justice Super PAC$0Conservative$0
United States Dept of Energy Employees S$0Conservative$0
Allstate Insurance Customers Super PAC$0Conservative$0
United States HUD Employees Super PAC$0Conservative$0
Wells Fargo Bank Customers Super PAC$0Conservative$0
Marriott Hotel Customers Super PAC$0Conservative$0
American Airlines Customers Super PAC$0Conservative$0
Fidelity Investments Customers Super PAC$0Conservative$0
Costco Store Customers Super PAC$0Conservative$0
George W Bush For A Better America Super$0Conservative$0
United States Dept Of Health Employees S$0Conservative$0
Native Americans Tribe Super PAC$0Conservative$0
Wal-Mart Stores Customers Super PAC$0Conservative$0
Macy's Department Store Customers Super $0Conservative$0
Citibank Customers Super PAC$0Conservative$0
United States Dept of State Employees Su$0Conservative$0
United States DOT Employees Super PAC$0Conservative$0
Federal Reserve Bank Employees Super PAC$0Conservative$0
JC Penny Department Store Customers Supe$0Conservative$0
IRS Employees Super PAC$0Conservative$0
Democratic Presidential Elections Victor$0Conservative$0
USCIS Employees Super PAC$0Conservative$0
United States Dept Of Labor Employees Su$0Conservative$0
United States Dept of Interior Employees$0Conservative$0
Goldman Sachs Group Customers Super PAC$0Conservative$0
NBA Sport Players Super PAC$0Conservative$0
Westgate Resorts Customers Super PAC$0Conservative$0
NFL Sport Players Super PAC$0Conservative$0
American Red Cross Employees Super PAC$0Conservative$0
USDA Employees Super PAC$0Conservative$0
United States Dept Of Ed Employees Super$0Conservative$0
Suntrust Bank Customers Super PAC$0Conservative$0
United States DHS Employees Super PAC$0Conservative$0
Hilton Hotel Customers Super PAC$0Conservative$0
US Israel Friendship PAC$0Liberal$0
United States Transportation Technology $0$0
Valley-Israel Alliancesupports Berman $0Liberal$2,605
Veterans for Rick Perrysupports Perry $0Conservative$16,625
Virginia Tea Party Alliance$0Conservative$0
Vote Out Incumbents for Democracy$0Conservative$442
Voters for Common Sense$0$0
Voters for Justice$0Liberal$20,510
We Love USA PAC$0Conservative$0
We're Not Going Back$0Liberal$0
West Hollywood/Bev Hills Stonewall Dems$0Liberal$0
WOLF PAC$0Liberal$52,241
Working for Us PAC$0Liberal$2,911
Working for Working Americans$0Liberal$0
Young Republicans for a Better Florida$0Conservative$2,105
Young Voters$0Conservative$0
Your America$0
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