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political action committee

n.
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political action committee

A committee of special-interest groups, such as business or labor, formed to raise funds for the campaign of a political candidate.
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Noun1.political action committee - committee formed by a special-interest group to raise money for their favorite political candidatespolitical action committee - committee formed by a special-interest group to raise money for their favorite political candidates
commission, committee - a special group delegated to consider some matter; "a committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours" - Milton Berle
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Monica's extensive experience, particularly with political action committees, will be an asset in sustaining the rapid growth of CHSPAC and help expand its scope," said John Engelen, vice president, CHS Government Affairs.
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The results of a Daily News review of the records speak for themselves: Of 32 Southern California companies to receive defense contracts over the last three years, 30 pumped cash into the campaigns of local or national politicians, either through direct contributions from their top executives, political action committees or Washington lobbyists.
The new rules, approved in August, treat 527s as political action committees, subject to contribution limits, if they collect money based on a promise that it will be used to defeat a Federal candidate.
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There are other vehicles for that, such as political action committees.