Nation: PACs' Punch

Giving the company way

"A clean means of business involvement in politics," argues Lawyer Stanley Kaleczyc of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Counters Senator Edward Kennedy: "They are multiplying like rabbits, and they are doing their best to buy every Senator, every Representative and every issue in sight."

This debate is raging over the fastest growing and most controversial phenomenon in U.S. politics: the corporate political action committee (PAC). Last week 13 experts at a seminar in Washington argued about the impact of the groups on the November House and Senate elections and could...

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