The media portrays PACs as corrupting the political system. Do they?
PACs were created to replace the undue influence of large dollar contributors with a greater number of smaller, individual contributors. PACs are also the most regulated and scrutinized mechanism of financing a political campaign. Before PACs, there was almost zero regulation of large donations to candidates, which permitted a select few to control some political races. For all intents and purposes, PACs have given clout back to the small donor.