SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP)
-- Super PACs are bringing more than $1 million to Illinois legislative races
-- but what impact the unexpected campaign finance phenomenon will have in the
Nov. 6 balloting is up for debate.
Elections records show five of the ten super
PACs in Illinois
have raised serious money and are spending on legislative races. Super PACs
arose from court rulings that determined political committees unaffiliated with
candidates or causes can spend unlimited money.
David Morrison of the Illinois Campaign for
Political Reform says the money can have a "huge impact" on state
Kent Redfield is a campaign finance expert
at the University of Illinois at Springfield.
He says super PACs are just learning the rules and won't play a significant
role until the 2014 race for governor.