SuperPAC Roundup: Groups Will Boost Presidential Candidates

Super PACs are looking to spend big in the upcoming election, the Associated Press reports.

The independent fundraising groups, which can gather and spend unlimited amounts of money to run ads in support of a candidate, first made headlines for backing Republican candidates in the 2010 congressional elections. Now, they are planning to go even bigger; all of the leading presidential candidates currently in the field already have super PACs working to boost their candidacies:

  • Make Us Great Again PAC, supporting Texas Gov. Rick Perry, was founded by Perry's former chief of staff Mike Toomey. The group plans to spend $55 million.
  • Restore Our Future, a super PAC backing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, raised $20 million from January through June. Charles Spies, the group's treasurer, was general counsel for Romney during his 2008 White House run.
  • Keeping Conservatives United, which supports Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., is already spending money on television advertising.
  • Priorities USA, a group backing President Obama's reelection, was created by former White House aides Bill Burton and Sean Sweeney.
  • Priorities USA Action, the sister group of Priorities USA, allows its donors to remain anonymous.
  • American Crossroads, a GOP group affiliated with former Bush political director Karl Rove, has raised $25 million this year and has spent more than $1 million on ads in special elections across the nation as well as to influence the debates surrounding the debt ceiling, and Obama's American Jobs Act.
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