Bloomberg Politics: How to Give Back $157 Million


Unintimidated PAC, the group supporting Walker, still had about $20 million of the $23 million it had raised to support Walker’s bid. By law, Unintimidated was prohibited from bailing out the campaign but faced very few other restrictions. Candidates are strictly regulated on fundraising and spending, but super-PACs aren’t bound by the same safeguards. “A lot of donors probably assume that the money they give to political committees has to be used on politics,” says Paul Ryan, deputy executive director of the Campaign Legal Center, a nonprofit watchdog that’s filed complaints against several super-PACs. “If they do assume that, they’d be wrong.”

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