Writing:Super PACs for Congress

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This page is a content-and-style guide about creating/improving Super PAC articles on the Congress project.
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Infobox

Super PACs use the infobox template {{short organization profile}}. Below is the code which should be added to all profiles. For usage details, click here.

Code:

  • Copy and paste the code below. Fill in available information. If information is not available, leave the section blank.
{{Short organization profile
|name = 
|image = 
|president = 
|vice-president = 
|chairman = 
|political party = 
|year = 
|affiliated = 
|website = 
}}

Explanation

The parameters should be filled in as follows:

{{Short organization profile
|name = (name of the PAC)
|image = (logo)
|president = (president)
|vice-president = (vice-president)
|chairman = (chairman)
|political party = (party PAC is aligned with if any)
|year = (year PAC was formed)
|affiliated = (organizations PAC is affiliated with)
|website = (website)
}}

Intro

The introduction should include the {{Super PACs}} template followed by an opening sentence describing the mission statement and primary goals of the PAC.

Example: The Club for Growth Action is a Super PAC focused on "beating big-government politicians."[1] It is the political action arm of the Club for Growth, whose mission is to promote economic freedom through supporting pro-growth politicians.[2]

2014 elections

The introduction to the 2014 elections section should begin with any news that has come out about the Super PAC pertaining to the upcoming elections. Examples include their primary goals in 2014

Example: The Club for Growth is involved in finding primary challengers for GOP incumbents in safe Republican districts that it refers to as RINOs (Republicans in name only). It launched the website called "www.PrimaryMyCongressman.com" to highlight those Republicans with liberal voting records who have failed to consistently vote on limiting government.[3]

Following the introductory section, subsections should be created dealing with targeted and endorsed incumbents if any are available.

2012 elections

The 2012 elections section should generally be the largest section of the page. The intro of the section should include data about the group from this page as well as data from Opensecrets.org if it is available. Following the info from open secrets, there should be a snip of the general election spending image.

Example: Club for Growth Action

The following subsections should be included under the 2012 elections.

Endorsed candidates

This section should have a list of all candidates endorsed by the PAC in 2012. This may still be available on the PAC's website, if not you will need to find a source elsewhere.

Targeted candidates

This section should have a list of all candidates targeted by the PAC in 2012. This may still be available on the PAC's website, if not you will need to find a source elsewhere.

Expenditures

This section should include an overview sentence describing the grand total of funds spent for/against Democrats/Republicans followed by a table of the top 10 largest expenditures of the PAC. Data can be found at Opensecrets.org.

See Club for Growth Action example

Campaign ads

Display any ads put out by the PAC in the election.

Donors

The donors section should be divided into two parts, the first being ====Organizations==== and the second being ====Industries====. These sections should list the top 5 donors and top 5 industries that donated to the PAC in 2012. Data can again be found at opensecrets.

See Club for Growth Action example for example code.

Recent news

The recent news section should contain the same code as is on incumbents, except with search terms just being the name of the Super PAC.

Example code can be found on the Club for Growth Action page.

External links

The external links section should include any links to the official website and any social media profiles of the site (facebook, twitter, youtube).

References

The references section is no different from on any other page and should only contain the {{reflist}} template. The {{congress}} template should then appear at the bottom of the page as well.

See also

References