2012 election: monthly expenditures by super PACs, by party orientation

This graph shows the Monthly contributions to super PACs in the 2012 election from 2011 up to November 2012, by party orientation. In September 2012, Republican super PACs spent a total amount of 36,666,441 U.S. dollars.

Super PACs are independent expenditure-only committees, which may raise unlimited sums of money from corporations, unions, associations and individuals, then spend unlimited sums to overtly advocate for or against political candidates. However, direct coordination and communication between political candidates and super PACs is prohibited. Each of the GOP candidates is supported by at least one super PAC.

Monthly independent expenditures by super PACs in the 2012 election from 2011 up to November 2012, by party orientation

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Release date

November 2012


United States

Survey time period

January 2011 to November 2012

Supplementary notes

Independent expenditures do not include a Super PAC's "operating expenses," which include salaries, and contributions to other PACs.

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