A PAC Vs. a Super PAC?
A political action committee (PAC) raises money and makes contributions to the campaign of a political candidate or to a political party.
Individuals may contribute $2,500 to candidates or PACs per election, meaning an individual can contribute $5,000 a year -- half in the primary and half in the general election.
The Federal Election Commission oversees enforcement of PACs.
A super PAC refers to what is technically known in federal election code as an "independent expenditure-only committee."
A super PAC is allowed to raise and spend unlimited amounts of money -- from corporations, unions, individuals and associations -- to campaign independently for or against candidates for federal office. Super PACs and campaigns are not allowed to coordinate efforts, however.