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Super PAC'S Pouring Millions $$$$ into Louisiana Political Races

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The eyes of the nation will be on Louisiana this November as the Senate race for the seat currently held by Mary Landrieu will be up for grabs. The outcome could determine who will control the United States Senate... Democrats or Republicans.


With the stakes so high for both parties, millions of dollars have been flooding the state of Louisiana from outside, mostly from organizations called "Super PAC's".

"PAC's" standing for Political Action Committees.

"Super PAC'S are a recent phenomenon since the Citizens United decision, the Supreme Court ruled that independent expenditures on campaigns either for or against candidates could not be suppressed by the government. So Super PAC's are really these independent organizations that are not official organizations like regular PAC'S, where they have independent donors provide money to the organization to donate to whatever campaigns or candidates they want to promote or whatever candidate they want to lose and election," said Chris Parker, Political Science Professor at Centenary College.


Are they effective? Well, that's still up for debate after only 2 national election cycles.

"In terms of their track record of success, it's really not that good. The most commonly cited example is Karl Rove's Super PAC'S spend millions of dollars on Senate, House and the Presidential campaigns in 2012 and none of the candidates they backed actually won," said Parker.

"Super PAC's are changing the landscape of Louisiana politics. The money candidates used to have to raise to run a statewide campaign .... the threshold is being lowered a little bit because these groups are coming into Louisiana and spending on their behalf," said Jeremy Alford of LaPolitics.com

And, they are definitely spending in the race to represent Louisiana in the U-S Senate. Is that good or bad?

"If the ad is telling something that is not true, it actually harms the voter. So Harry Reid's now running ads against me, Bill Cassidy, attacking me, saying things that have been called a lie by a third party independent in an attempt to get Senator Mary Landrieu re-elected. On the other hand if a Super PAC tells the truth, if it used a video clip of the candidate, like some of the other Super PAC's are of Senator Landreiu saying again that she would vote for ObamaCare if the vote were held tomorrow... that's actually good. If voters are informed truthfully that's a good thing," said Congressman Bill Cassidy.

"Extra money that you don't have to spend out of your own campaign account is always helpful, but in Louisiana it's untested this is really the first race we've seen with this much outside activity. The Senate race is really going to rewrite the book for running campaigns with outside money," said Alford.

And, there is plenty of that money coming in from all sides for Cassidy the Republican, Landrieu the Democrat and Tea Party Candidate Rob Maness.

Millions and millions of dollars making this the most expensive campaign ever in the state. The outcome ultimately could have a huge impact on politics in Louisiana and our nation.


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