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The Political Process and the Individual: Support

Political Action Committees

A Political Action Committee

Is "a group formed (as by an industry or an issue-oriented organization) to raise and contribute money to the campaigns of candidates likely to advance the group's interests."

Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary. 11th ed. Springfield, Mass.: Merriam-Webster, 2003, 960

Resources

  • PACronyms
    • "An alphabetical list of acronyms, abbreviations, initials, and common names of federal political action committees (PACs), was prepared to help researchers readily identify committees when their full names are not disclosed on campaign finance reports."
  • Open Secrets - PACS
    • "Lists campaign contributions by PACs and donations to PACs, broken down by sector, industry and unique PAC. Only groups that made contributions during the current or last two election cycles are listed here."

Resources

  • Federal Election Commission - 2016 Leadership PACs and Sponsors
    • "Members of Congress and other political leaders often establish nonconnected committees, general known as "leadership PACs," to support candidates for various federal and nonfederal offices. A leadership PAC is defined as a political committee that is directly or indirectly established, financed, maintained or controlled by a candidate or an individual holding federal office, but is not an authorized committee of the candidate or officeholder and is not affiliated with an authorized committee of a candidate or officeholder."
  • PACronyms
    • "An alphabetical list of acronyms, abbreviations, initials, and common names of federal political action committees (PACs), was prepared to help researchers readily identify committees when their full names are not disclosed on campaign finance reports."
  • Open Secrets - PACS
    • "Lists campaign contributions by PACs and donations to PACs, broken down by sector, industry and unique PAC. Only groups that made contributions during the current or last two election cycles are listed here."

Organizations

  • American Civil Liberties Union
    • "For almost 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States."
  • Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)
    • CAIR's goals are to "enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding."
  • Center for Reproductive Rights
    • "For more than 20 years, the Center for Reproductive Rights has used the law to advance reproductive freedom as a fundamental human right that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill."
  • Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund
    • "The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF), founded in 1979, is a leading national civil rights law and policy center directed by individuals with disabilities and parents who have children with disabilities."
  • International Refugee Assistance Project
    • "The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) organizes law students and lawyers to develop and enforce a set of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons."
  • International Rescue Committee
    • "The Mission of the IRC is to help people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict or disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future."
  • MALDEF
    • "Founded in 1968, MALDEF is the nation’s leading Latino legal civil rights organization. Often described as the “law firm of the Latino community”, MALDEF promotes social change through advocacy, communications, community education, and litigation in the areas of education, employment, immigrant rights, and political access."
  • NAACP Legal Defense Fund
    • "The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is America's premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans. LDF also defends the gains and protections won over the past 75 years of civil rights struggle and works to improve the quality and diversity of judicial and executive appointments."
  • Native American Rights Fund
    • "Since 1971, the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) has provided legal assistance to Indian tribes, organizations, and individuals nationwide who may have otherwise gone without adequate representation. "
  • Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
    • "NRDC works to safeguard the earth -- its people, its plants and aimals, and the natural systems on which all life depends."
  • Planned Parenthood
    • Was "founded on the revolutionary idea that women should have the information and care they need to live strong, healthy lives and fulfill their dreams — no ceilings, no limits"
  • RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)
    • "The nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization."
  • Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)
    • "SURJ is a national network of groups and individuals organizing White people for racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves White people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability."
  • Southern Poverty Law Center
    • Is "dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society."