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Poll: Super PACs Should Be Illegal, Voters Say

Tuesday, 13 Mar 2012 11:59 AM

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The American public so dislikes super PACs that 69 percent want them to be illegal, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll showed.

Among independents, 78 percent believe the fundraising vehicles that allow groups or wealthy individuals to make unlimited donations should be banned.

In the presidential contests so far, super PACS have raised more than $130 million and spent $75 million. With congressional races looming, the groups could pull in $500 million or even $1 billion during the election cycle, The Washington Post’s political blog The Fix reported.

“That super PACs are deeply unpopular shouldn’t be all that surprising,” the Fix wrote. “Average people have long believed that the political system is awash with money and, as a result, those without money lack a voice in the process. The funding of super PACs by one rich individual has further reinforced the idea that politics is a wealthy man’s game.”

Regardless, various candidates have criticized the groups but nonetheless use them. President Barack Obama long opposed them and then changed his mind. “We can’t allow for two sets of rules in this election whereby the Republican nominee is the beneficiary of unlimited spending and Democrats unilaterally disarm,” campaign manager Jim Messina wrote, according to the Post.

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