Forget the Dictionary, Super PACs Aren't New

Merriam-Webster's new entry for “super PAC” in its dictionary unfortunately perpetuates a gross misunderstanding of the impact Citizens United has had on political spending.
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Merriam-Webster announced this week that it has added the term "super PAC" to its dictionary. The entry cites a quote tracing the term's birth to the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision and a subsequent lower court ruling. That connection -- while technically accurate -- unfortunately perpetuates a gross misunderstanding of the impact the case has had on political spending.

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