2012 Election Leaves W.Va. SuperPAC in Its Wake

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia's first so-called super political action committee is considering its options after the recent election.

The PAC Stay the Course West Virginia won a federal ruling allowing its donors to contribute unlimited amounts.

Spokesman Jason Parsons says the group hasn't decided whether it will take part in future elections. But it considers 2012 a success. It was formed to help re-elect Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, and the Democrat won in November.

Stay the Course reported spending more than $64,000, including more than $10,500 toward pre-election ads. A rival group supporting Tomblin's Republican opponent devoted twice that on independent expenditures. That group, New Direction West Virginia, describes itself as a federally designated nonprofit corporation. But state and federal officials have no such records of the group.

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