Posted on February 24, 2012 (September 4, 2020) Challenging Super PACs Share: More coverage of the rally we organized yesterday along with the Coffee Party and Common Cause: Voice of America Jim Malone February 24, 2012 There is an old saying that money is the lifeblood of politics. But in this year’s U.S. presidential election the body politic appears to be drowning in money thanks to the influence of independent fundraising groups known as Super PACs (political action committees that are aligned with specific presidential candidates). In addition to the various campaigns, the Super PACs have independently raised tens of millions of dollars and are having an impact on the 2012 race for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination. All that money flooding into the presidential campaign pays for negative ads. But all that campaign fundraising and negative advertising has sparked a backlash that recently led to the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court. These demonstrators are unhappy with a Supreme Court decision two years ago that opened the way for wealthy individuals, corporations and labor unions to spend unlimited amounts of money running ads in political campaigns, most of them negative.