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Associations are super fundraisers for political campaigns

Many groups encourage their members to give directly to candidates and to host events; leveraging PACs for maximum impact

Oct. 16, 2015
By Lori Sharn

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Super PACs and dark money groups are already pouring tens of millions of dollars into the 2016 elections, but candidates—who are prohibited from coordinating with these big spenders—still need cash to run their day-to-day campaigns.

That’s where associations are stepping up, leveraging their members and the limited contributions from traditional PACs to have a greater impact on Congress. Many trade groups and professional societies encourage their members to give directly to endorsed candidates or even host fundraisers.