leadership pacs

The ‘Nones’ are 23% of the US

“… a massive group of Americans … reject any label or affiliation to describe their faith. At 23 percent of the U.S. population, this left-leaning group called ‘Nones’ are the Democratic parallel to the GOP’s white evangelicals — except without organization, PACs, leadership and a clear agenda. They do, however, have one big expectation of political candidates: Be ethical, and go light on the God talk.” - Michelle Boorstein of the Washington Post

I am a ‘none’. Is it time ‘nones’ get organized and politically active?

Honestly I think Bernie is highly idealistic about his proposals, but then again so is having an independent democratic socialist run for office who runs his campaign from the proceeds of his supports and not succumbing to corporate leadership and super PAC funding.

And YET he’s made it this far and kept true to his word back when he was serving as governor of Vermont and when he served as member of US House of Representatives. He has just as much- if not more experience- than Hilary and although he doesn’t get much media attention, he’s persevered and even surpassed Hilary in recent polls of registered Democrats, women and older voters while holding onto his lead among registered independents, men and younger voters.

Even with his mic rigged during last night’s debate, he stayed on top of the agenda, spoke truthfully and hammered down on his critics. With all that being said, he’s not your average politician.

If you vote for Hilary just because you think she’s more likely to win the democratic primary - let me just say this simply: You suck. If you don’t believe in government, then why vote? You are wasting your time regardless and putting to waste all the hard work and dedication others have put towards a campaign that actually gives a damn about the increasingly diminishing middle class and lower class that represents you.

CTS explains: PACs, the old-school ones

Even the pros can sometimes use a refresher, so we are continuing our explainer series to help boil down some of the terms being thrown around during this election.

PAC stands for political action committee — a group that raises and spends money to put a candidate in office. PACs have been around a long time, and most are run by companies. Company money is absolutely not allowed, though, and contributions from employees and their family members are limited to $5,000.

Leadership PACs are just like regular PACs, except that they’re formed by politicians to give money to other politicians. Why? Because when you give people money, they’re more likely to give you things, like leadership positions in Congress.

Then there’s outside money. The terms covers a number of different bases, including super PACs, nonprofits and 527s — more on those some other time.

The important thing to remember? Outside money has far fewer restrictions, and sometimes, it’s impossible to know where it’s coming from.

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Thanks to our reporter Alexandra Duszak for drawing this graphic.