Political Action Committees: Characteristics & Influence on Politics


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The first PAC was formed to support:

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1. Anna and some of her animal-loving friends collect $500 and donate it to their favorite congressional candidate. That candidate promised to strengthen laws protecting animals from cruelty. Are Anna and her friends a PAC?

2. How much money may PACs donate to a single candidate in one year?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

PACs help finance and support political parties and candidates in order to gain support on legislation and issues that affect their needs and interests. This quiz and worksheet will help you understand the how PACs work, and some of the rules that have been crafted to control their influence.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz for this assessment on PACs focuses on the following topics:

  • The history of PACs
  • Limits on contributions
  • Oversight of PACs
  • Types of contributions
  • Defining characteristics of PACs

Skills Practiced

  • Interpreting information - make sure you can read an overview of PACs and understand the key factors that define their role in politics
  • Information recall - access the facts you've learned about PACs
  • Knowledge application - use your understanding of PACs to explain how they can indirectly support a candidate's election campaign

Additional Learning

For more information and details on this aspect of campaign finance, read the lesson, Political Action Committees: Characteristics & Influence on Politics. The lesson will help you with the following goals:

  • Explain the origin of PACs
  • List some of the rules that govern PACs
  • Describe how PACs influence elections and legislation
  • Cite some of the private entities that support PACs