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Metropolitik: Your super PAC FAQ

One of the big stories this campaign season has been the monumentaleffect of super PACs on electoral outcomes.

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One of the big stories this campaign season has been the monumental effect of super PACs on electoral outcomes. These organizations have in recent months taken a firm grip of the national narrative, utilizing their supposed disconnect from campaigns to push an increasingly negative tilt. In honor of last night’s filing deadline for year-end campaign reports, we present some of the more interesting super PAC facts.

Follow the money


Texas governor and former presidential candidate Rick Perry spent more than $1,000 per vote.


Nearly three-fourths of all political contributions to Our Destiny PAC, the super PAC backing failed candidate Jon Huntsman, came from Huntsman’s billionaire father. For those doing the math, that’s $1.9 million of fatherly love.


Newt Gingrich, meanwhile, has something even better than a filthy rich father:?A filthy rich casino mogul! The Newt-backing Winning Our Future PAC has so far received $10 million from Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, which stands among the largest-ever campaign donations.


The super PAC of TV satirist Stephen Colbert has raised more than $1 million from a range of donors including Pat Magroin, Ibin Yerkinoff and Frumunda Mabalz.


Romney and his Restore Our Future super PAC have spent vast sums in Florida in the past month. As a point of comparison, John McCain spent $11 million on ads in the entire 2008 Republican primary race.


Super PAC funds tainted the airwaves in Florida:?Nearly all of this year’s primary ads in the state were negative.


American Crossroads, the Karl Rove-led super PAC, raised $51 million in 2011 to be put toward defeating Obama in November.


Because sometimes you only need to skim the headlines:

“Bachmann raised little in campaign” Politico

“Romney: We Played Fair in Florida!” Daily Beast

“Newt Gingrich Robocall: Mitt Romney Forced Holocaust Survivors To Eat Non-Kosher Food”

The Huffington Post

“The Caucus: Gingrich Sued Over Use of ‘Eye of the Tiger’” NYTimes

Super PACs Now Dominate GOP Primary Campaign Spending” Mother Jones

“How Mitt Romney stole Newt Gingrich’s voice” Slate Magazine

“Sarah Palin PAC fundraising craters” POLITICO.com

“Why Newt Will Have A Hard Time Being 2012’s Hillary” TPM2012

“PayPal co-founders fund pro-Paul Super PAC” Reuters

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