FROM Paul S. Ryan
A Stunner in Mississippi Just under 7000 votes edged six-term Republican Senator Thad Cochran over the line to victory in his closely watched race yesterday in Mississippi against a more conservative challenger, Chris McDaniel. Tea Party groups had targeted the veteran lawmaker as early as last year, hoping to take down a GOP fixture. House Majority leader Eric Cantor's shocking loss in Virginia two weeks ago added to the movement’s momentum. Money and resources poured into McDaniel’s campaign, which is partly why Cochran’s win comes as a shock to most politicos.
The Sudden Emergence of Super PAC's So called political Super PAC's have been made possible by recent decisions of the US Supreme Court. They have names like " Restore Our Future ," " Winning Our Future " and " Make Us Great Again ." The latest thing in political finance, these massive war chests supposedly are independent of candidates. But their real purpose is to support particular candidates like Mitt Romney , Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry . Based on this year's campaign so far, how are they changing the political process?
The Sudden Emergence of Super PAC's Super PAC's are the latest thing in political finance. These massive financial war chests allowed by recent Supreme Court decisions are spending more than the candidates -- $26 million so far -- without disclosing their sources. With names like " Restore Our Future ," " Winning Our Future " and " Make Us Great Again ," their real purpose is to support particular candidates like Mitt Romney , Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry . Based on this year's campaign records, what's been their impact on election results so far?
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