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2012 election leaves W.Va. SuperPAC in its wake

Jan. 04, 2013 @ 03:20 PM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's first so-called super political action committee is considering its options after the recent election.

The PAC Stay the Course West Virginia won a federal ruling allowing its donors to contribute unlimited amounts.

Spokesman Jason Parsons says the group hasn't decided whether it will take part in future elections. But it considers 2012 a success. It was formed to help re-elect Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, and the Democrat won in November.

Stay the Course reported spending more than $64,000, including more than $10,500 toward pre-election ads. A rival group supporting Tomblin's Republican opponent devoted twice that on independent expenditures. That group, New Direction West Virginia, describes itself as a federally designated nonprofit corporation. But state and federal officials have no such records of the group.

 

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