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Leadership PACs: How Politicians Profit from Donations

"We write a check to somebody we support and they spend it in ways that we aren't aware of."
PEORIA - As much as politicians disagree with those on the other side of the isle, there is one thing they do see eye to eye on; a loophole that makes it legal to profit off of campaign donations.

Leadership Political Action Committees or PACs are the second largest political revenue streams for members of congress, according to the former chairman of the Federal Election Commission.
It’s a way to raise money to further political careers, but some are citing family vacations as networking opportunities said Bradley politics professor, Ed Burmila. He said it’s also not uncommon for them to hire family members to work for their campaign.

Burmila said that can create conflict for voters who decide to support a candidate.

"We don't have a great deal of control over what happens to it and often times we don't go through the great effort that would be necessary to figure out where the candidates spend all the money. We write a check to somebody we support and they spend it in ways that we aren't aware of," he said.

Want to know more about where all this money goes? www.opensecrets.org is a website people can search everything from how much candidates rake in, and even who is donating.
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