"Super PAC" is officially legit.
Making good on a promise, language authority Merriam-Webster recently published an entry for "super PAC" in its online unabridged dictionary — a subscription-only product. Inclusion of "super PAC" in its free online dictionary is forthcoming, Associate Editor Kory Stamper told the Center for Public Integrity.
The Merriam-Webster entry reads:
Oxford Dictionaries and Associated Press Stylebook have previously inked "super PAC" entries in their respective publications.
Such a lexicographic development is, perhaps, no surprise: Super PACs have become electoral politics' white-hot stars since the Supreme Court's Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision in 2010 helped facilitate their creation later that year.
Together, super PACs raised more than $828 million and spent $609 million during the 2012 election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. These groups already have spent tens of millions of dollars more during the 2014 midterm election cycle, Federal Election Commission records indicate.
No single show, however, boosted public awareness of super PACs quite like Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report."
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