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Friday, August 15, 2014

The Battle Of The Super PACs

Volunteers for the Ready for Hillary Clinton for President 2016 Super PAC canvas people waiting in line to see Clinton discuss her new book, 'Hard Choices: A Memoir,' at the Lisner Auditorium on the campus of George Washington University June 13 in Washington, D.C. Although Hilary has not publicly announced that she will run for president in 2016, the Super PAC formed this summer. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Volunteers for the Ready for Hillary Clinton for President 2016 Super PAC canvas people waiting in line to see Clinton discuss her new book, ‘Hard Choices: A Memoir,’ on the campus of George Washington University June 13 in Washington, D.C. Although Hilary has not publicly announced that she will run for president in 2016, the Super PAC formed this summer. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Even if you haven’t heard of Super PACs, you’ve seen an ad funded by one. These “independent-expenditure only committees” can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money as they attempt to influence American politics.

Overall, Super PACs have raised roughly $300 million in the 2014 election cycle and already spent a third of it.

Now, there is a new movement by some of the Super PACs to try and stop the cash flow into American politics.

But why now, and how can one PAC stop another? Here and Now’s Robin Young speaks to Here & Now media analyst John Carroll about this emerging movement.

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