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U.S. Debates: Two
Cheers for Super PACs

Wednesday, September 12, 2012  |  6:45pm

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Topic: Two Cheers for Super PACs: Money in Politics is Still Overregulated

FOR:
David Keating, President, Center for Competitive Politics

Jacob Sullum, Senior Editor, Reason Magazine

AGAINST:
Trevor Potter, President and General Counsel of the Campaign Legal Center

Jonathan Soros, Senior Fellow, Roosevelt Institute, co-founder of Friends of Democracy

The product of two court decisions, Citizens United and SpeechNow.org v. FEC, Super PAC spending is on course to making 2012 the most expensive presidential election in history. These supercharged political action committees may spend and receive unlimited amounts of money from individuals, corporations or unions to advocate for political candidates-as long as they are independent of the candidates' campaigns. How have Super PACs changed the political landscape, and are they good for democracy?

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