Reporting from Washington — By midnight Tuesday, we’ll have our first glimpse inside the machinery of the so-called “super PACs,” a new breed of independent political organizations that have metastasized during this campaign. That’s when all active political committees have to file reports with the Federal Election Commission disclosing their donors and expenses.
Many reports are expected to land late Tuesday night, while the political class is busy digesting the results of Florida’s primaries. But the filings by the early birds are already underscoring the close ties between the putatively independent organizations and the candidates they back.
According to its report, Our Destiny PAC, the super PAC that backed the presidential bid of former Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, raised $2.68 million last year from just 18 donors -- including nearly $1.9 million from Huntsman’s father, a billionaire industrialist.
Other contributors included C. Boyden Gray, a former ambassador and White House counsel, who gave the group $50,000. Jim Walton, a son of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton and chairman of Arvest Bank, donated $100,000. Venture capital investor James Swartz of Park City, Utah, contributed $100,000.