Who is Funding Whom:
Resources for the Undecided Voter
It is no secret that a myriad of special interest groups tries to influence our thoughts and manipulate our emotions through any given election cycle. Their goal, of course, is to entice the listeners, viewers or readers to the support their candidates of choice. Often times some special interest groups will use shock and purposely misleading information as a means of gaining voters. What should the average voter know about these groups and their endorsed candidates before heading to the polls?
For starters, one should know that PACs and SuperPACs are (political action committees and super political action committees) usually represent an industry or a particular cause. Examples may be a nurses’ association or a wildlife preservation group. These groups raise funds to help candidates who have indicated support for their causes win elections. There are limits to how much they can donate directly to a candidate. For example, a PAC may only donate $5000.00 each election directly to a candidate’s campaign fund. SuperPACs cannot donate directly to campaign funds. However SuperPACs can and do take on the task of directly of creating advertisements and running campaign messages supporting one candidate or demeaning his opponent. There are no limits to Super PAC spending.
Bottom line: Before you cast your vote based on the claims of one of these groups, you should understand what the group stands for. To help you, the following are a list of the largest PACs and SuperPACs.
Click on each link to find the group’s agenda.
West Virginia Endorsements
With all the drama concerning the national election, it is easy to forget we have important races for state and local government. The following links will take you to WV specific political action groups.
The sites used to compile this information are listed below. Both VoteSmart.org and OpenSecrets.org deserve the serious voter’s time. VoteSmart.org features a Political Courage Test which measures a candidate’s ability to state his true positions on issues rather than sidestepping the issues. For those who value straight talk, this page is a must.