Author (Your Name)

Melyn Heckelman, Colby College

Date of Award


Document Type

Honors Thesis (Open Access)


Colby College. Government Dept.


Anthony Corrado

Second Advisor

Calvin Mackenzie


This study looks at the historical context in which PACs developed, as well as the current legal environment in which they operate. It will also briefly discuss the legal and procedural challenges that candidates face and the ways in which PACs alleviate some of these pressures in ways that presidential committees cannot. An understanding of the strategic dilemmas which cause candidates to seek extraneous structures through which to establish campaign networks is essential to extrapolating the potential future of campaign finance strategy. Furthermore, this study provides an in-depth analysis of the state Commonwealth PACs both in terms of fundraising and spending, and discusses the central issues this state PAC strategy raises with respect to campaign finance law. The study will conclude with a look into the future of campaign financing and the role these state-level PACs may play if current rules are not revised.


historical context, PACs, legal environmentlegal and procedural challenges, fundraising and spending