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What Is a Super PAC?

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.