Unformatted text preview: Political Action Committees (PACs) are organizations established by interest groups for the purpose of collecting and distributing campaign funds. 2. The Impact of Interest Groups Robertson (1989:340) contends that political sociologists are divided as to the effect that interests groups have on democracies. Positive A potential benefit of PACs would be that they represent so many different interests that they are all powerful, and can there fore ensure (by their numbers alone) that no interests group is able to gain a monopoly on power. Interests groups may provide a voice for citizens who are other wise powerless and voiceless. Negative On the negative side, those PACs that operate in secrecy might be able to win influence where the general public is left ignorant of the issues being discussed. Candidates are at the mercy of PACs. To refuse PAC money is to give your opponent a monetary advantage....
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- Fall '10
- Political action committee, interests groups, European democracies