Illinois gets its first official Super PAC

March 14, 2012
Quad City Times

Kurt Erickson

SPRINGFIELD — It took just a day for Illinois to get its first official Super PAC.
A little after noon Wednesday, the abortion-rights organization that convinced a federal judge to toss out part of Illinois’ 2009 campaign contribution law created its own independent-expenditure political action committee in order to accept unlimited contributions.

U.S. District Judge Marvin Aspen’s ruling on Tuesday means individuals and businesses will have to continue operating under the caps imposed in the landmark 2009 law, while groups like Personal PAC can spend unlimited amounts of money on candidates as long as they do it independently.

Reform groups say Illinois likely will be stuck with the federal-style Super PACs until something is done at the federal level, whether by the U.S. Supreme Court or a constitutional amendment.