The party’s over : Big Six Lose Power and Influence to SuperPacs
For decades the six national committees of the Democratic and Republican Parties dominated the American electoral landscape.
That era may be coming to an end.
New outside groups that can raise unlimited cash are encroaching on the money, functions, and talent of the Big Six – creating a shadow party system of super PACs and linked nonprofit groups unrestrained by the political sensitivities and fundraising limits that moderate the parties’ activities.
“It used to be that the party committees were the dominant force, and now that influence has been diminished by the super PACs,” said Ed Rendell, a former Pennsylvania governor and Democratic National Committee chairman. The outside groups, Rendell said, are “taking part of the responsibilities away from the parties and thereby diminishing the parties’ impact.”
Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), who helped run the National Republican Congressional Committee and the Republican National Committee, said the anatomy of the new groups — which mirrors that of the Big Six — is fueling the power shift.