• A Primer on Super PACs: What They Do, How They Operate and Some of the Issues They Are Confronting In 2012
  • February 7, 2012 | Authors: Andrew C. Byrnes; Robert K. Kelner; Robert Lenhard
  • Law Firms: Covington & Burling LLP - Redwood Shores Office ; Covington & Burling LLP - Washington Office ; Covington & Burling LLP - Redwood Shores Office ; Covington & Burling LLP - Washington Office
  • Super PACs have dominated the 2012 presidential election press coverage, and are increasingly dominating the air waves in primary and caucus states. While the emphasis so far has been on the role Super PACs play in the presidential race, we anticipate Super PACs will also have an important role in House and Senate races, as well as gubernatorial, state legislative and judicial contests in 2012 and beyond. This advisory is a high level review of the legal basis for Super PACs, how they operate and some of the legal issues Super PACs are confronting.