Growth of Political Action Committees
Growth in PACs, 1974 to 1995
- The figure, the growth of action committees,
shows the growth
in the number of federally registered
political action committees (PACs)
since they were first authorized in the early 1970s.
Committee data on PACs and PAC spending.
- For years before the enactment of campaign finance reform,
labor unions had established political action committees
as a means to organize voters and support candidates favorable to labor.
- The Congress legalized PACs in the early 1970s
as part of a package of campaign finance reforms.
- Initially, relatively few segments of society created PACs.
- In the following years, more
and more groups and individuals have created PACs.
- For a list of "powerful" interest groups see
Forbes "The Power 25"
- One of the best known today is
GOPAC, which Former governor of Delaware Pierre DuPont helped establish and is now one of Speaker Newt Gingrich's main allies.
- Note that most PACs now represent corporations or organizations such as trade, health, environmental,
- Christian Coalition
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H. T,. Reynolds
Copyright © 1996 H. T,. Reynolds
Created Monday, January 29, 1996
Most recent revision Monday, December 14, 1998