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Our second infographic in the Capital in the Capitol series explains why Super PACs are super powerful this presidential election, and tells you who really holds that power—26 individuals.
Some of their names have appeared here and there in the news, but their collective identities tell a more impressive tale. What do all of these people have in common? While a large pocket of Romney supporters seem to be financial tycoons, and another subset of Obama supporters are Hollywood elite, altogether what unites these folks is their wealth—and the shared belief that it can win an election.
We're telling you who's bankrolling the major presidential Super PACs—now help us uncover how they're trying to buy this election. Share a link to an ad as a comment below, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
A corrected version of this infographic was posted on September 10, 2012.
Bullet point #1 was changed from:
"Super PACs are committees that can spend money to expressly advocate for or against candidates in an election. Before Super PACs, only individuals were allowed to do this."
"Super PACs are committees that can raise and spend unlimited money to expressly advocate for or against candidates in an election."