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Fact or Fiction: Super PACs
by Staff
Super PACs (for political action committees), were officially given the OK by the Federal Election Commission in the summer of 2010, a move that has essentially eliminated restrictions on financial contributions. Test your knowledge of Super PACs and their significance here.

Political action committees (PACs) can give unlimited amounts of money to candidates and political parties.

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PACs are formed by companies, unions and those interested in a specific issue.

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Individual citizens are limited in how much they can give to support a candidate's campaign.

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Super PACs were officially approved by the Federal Election Commission in 2008.

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There is no limit to how much corporations, individuals and unions can give to a Super PAC.

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Super PACs can plot strategy and coordinate with a candidate's campaign.

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If a candidate doesn't like what a Super PAC is saying on his or her behalf, they can force it to stop.

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Only people worth $1 million or more can form a Super PAC.

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The legal underpinning allowing Super PACs is the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission case before the Supreme Court.

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The Citizens United case was unanimous.

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Justices in the majority said the decision was a validation of the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

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Those considered to be part of the Supreme Court's liberal faction were in favor of the decision.

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Republicans benefitted more than Democrats from Super PACs in the 2010 midterm elections.

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Comedian Stephen Colbert launched a Super PAC in 2011.

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Colbert's Super PAC urged voters in the 2011 Ames Straw Poll in Iowa to vote for Texas Governor Rick Perry.

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President Barack Obama was opposed to the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling.

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There are no Super PACs supportive of President Obama.

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Karl Rove was the force behind forming an influential Super PAC.

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As of September 2011, there were more than 100 Super PACs.

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Most believe that the emergence of Super PACs will be an important factor in making the 2012 presidential election the most expensive in history.

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