America’s PAC

America’s PAC began as a 527 political nonprofit group. The organization is notorious for its controversial ads. In 2000, its pro-George W. Bush ads were disavowed by the Bush campaign.[1] The Republican National Committee called them “racist or race-baiting in intent.”[2]

The group created a Super PAC affiliate in 2014. The Super PAC has primarily been funded by Richard “Dick” Uihlein, a Wisconsin shipping executive who has donated heavily to far-right causes. Uihlein provided 89% of the Super PAC’s funds for the 2014 cycle.[3] In the 2016 cycle, he has contributed 96% of the Super PAC’s funds (as of March 2016). Uihlein associate Doug Truax has praised Uihlein by saying that “he looks for a strategy and a vision that coincides with his own” – which, given the rhetoric spouted by America’s PAC, may say a great deal about Uihlein.[4]

In May 2016, America’s PAC Super PAC launched a $94,000 radio ad campaign against Democratic Senate candidate Catherine Cortez Masto in Nevada.[5] According to Nevada journalist Jon Ralston, the ad “essentially accuses Cortez Masto of supporting pro-choice policies that ‘abort our future’”, and of doing so based on race.[6]  The group has also declared that it is spending $207,000 against Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) and $60,000 against former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI).[7][8]

[1]How a controversial Super PAC is pushing blacks and Latinos to vote GOP.” Molly Redden, Mother Jones, 10/10/14

[2]How a controversial Super PAC is pushing blacks and Latinos to vote GOP.” Molly Redden, Mother Jones, 10/10/14

[3]Rapid rise in Super PACs dominated by single donors.” Robert Faturechi and Jonathan Stray, ProPublica, 04/20/15

[4]Mega donor Richard Uihlein ramps up donations to conservative causes.” Lynn Sweet, The Chicago Tribune, 09/07/15

[5]Super PAC known for trying to turn Hispanics to GOP goes after Cortez Masto with brutal radio spot.” Jon Ralston, Ralston Reports, 05/19/16

[6]Super PAC known for trying to turn Hispanics to GOP goes after Cortez Masto with brutal radio spot.” Jon Ralston, Ralston Reports, 05/19/16

[7]Americas PAC – FEC Form 24/48 – Schedule E.” Federal Election Commission, 05/18/16, p. 2

[8]Americas PAC – FEC Form 24/48 – Schedule E.” Federal Election Commission, 05/18/16, p. 1