That hasn't stopped a super PAC backed by the Democrat's allies from gathering six-figure checks from some of
The big-dollar support for Emanuel's agenda is the latest sign that super-PAC-scale spending is hitting local contests. Super PACs, allowed by a pair of federal court rulings in 2010, can accept unlimited amounts of money from corporations, unions and individuals to influence elections, but they cannot coordinate their activity with candidates.
"It's the new, shiny object," said
Super PACs focused on individual contests are a big factor in this year's races for
There's no central database of super PACs that operate at the municipal level, but a review of city-level campaign-finance records shows a new wave of unlimited outside money swamping mayoral races coast to coast.
Newark First, which backed law professor
In the end, Democrat Ras Baraka prevailed in the election in May.
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