PAC Power: Inside the World of Political Action Committees

PAC Power: Inside the World of Political Action Committees

PAC Power: Inside the World of Political Action Committees

PAC Power: Inside the World of Political Action Committees

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I think it is time to declare that the government of the United States is not up for sale.... Let's plan controls on these PACs.

—Former Vice-President Walter
Mondale

I'm a little amused that suddenly our opponents have developed a real conscience about political action committees. I don't remember them being that aroused when the only ones that you knew about were on their side. Now they're on our side and they want to do away with them. Well, they're not going to do away with [them].

—President Ronald Reagan

Alarming. Outrageous. Downright dangerous. That's the only way to begin to describe the threat posed by the torrents of special interest campaign cash being offered up to our Representatives and Senators by the special interest political action committees.... This democracy‐ threatening trend must be stopped.

—Fred Wertheimer, President of
Common Cause

The fact is that the Political Action Committee movement is a reform movement itself. It is a straightforward way in which many individuals make small contributions and work in concert to achieve ends in which they believe. It is the antithesis of back-room politics.

—U. S. Sen. Richard Lugar (R—Ind.)

The role of the PACs in our system of campaign finance has become nothing short of scandalous.... I'm talking about the dangerous and corrupting influence of the outrageous sums of money—campaign contributions—which have become a paralyzing obscenity.

—U. S. Rep. Morris K. Udall
(D—Ariz.)

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