(1)Open Secrets Political Action Committees (PACs)

January 16, 2021


What is a PAC? A PAC is a political committee that raises and spends money to elect or defeat candidates. Most PACs represent businesses, such as the Microsoft PAC; labor unions, such as the Teamsters PAC; or ideological interests, such as the EMILY’s List PAC or the National Rifle Association PAC. An organization’s PAC will solicit money from the group’s employees or members and make contributions in the name of the PAC to candidates and political parties. Individuals contributing to a PAC may also contribute directly to candidates and political parties, even those also supported by the PAC. [Read More About the definition and history of PACs]

PAC Summary: Totals by Party and Recipient Type, 1990-2020

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Top PACs Giving to Candidates, 2019-2020

Based on data released by the Federal Election Commission on December 26, 2020.

NOTE: PACs with diversified interests are listed under their primary business (e.g., you’ll find Boeing under “aircraft manufacturers” rather than “defense aerospace”).


Also, for ease of identification, the names used in this section are those of the organization connected with the PAC, rather than the official PAC name. For example, the “Coca-Cola Company Nonpartisan Committee for Good Government” is simply listed as “Coca-Cola Co.”

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