Sunday, October 16, 2016

Notes from the Field: PAC or Party

by Robert Malin
As Charlestown Democratic Town Committee Chair John Hamilton pointed out, there is confusion in our community about who I am actually running against. The Town Council now is all in effect one party- a political Action Committee (PAC) though they appear on the ballot as "Independents." 

In Rhode Island there are only three recognized political parties, the Democrats, the Republicans and the Moderates. Every other candidate is "unaffiliated" thought they are sometimes called "Independents."
PAC's are typically organized by special interest groups to raise money to elect or defeat a candidate, however they function, in the case of CCA as a party of the special interest group that formed them.