Super PACs on rise, but not with women

by - April 03, 2012

The meteoric rise of the big-dollar political committees in the 2012 campaign has reversed some of the gains made by women since 1992, the so-called "Year of the Woman" in U.S. elections. According to Federal Election Commission data, women make up only 14 percent of Super PAC donors - groups now outspending the presidential candidates' campaigns.

That's less than half the previous levels. Overall, women, who make up slightly more than half the population, account for about one-third of contributions to candidates, parties and political action committees, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonprofit nonpartisan research group.

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