South Carolina lawmakers took another step towards ending leadership PACs in South Carolina, as the House on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly to no longer allow their members to have the groups.
The 115-1 vote had been expected, as the House had already voted last year to change their own rules and no longer allow members to operate such groups. The state Senate has had a similar ban for years. The bill approved on Tuesday would make the bans permanent law.
Legislative PACs (or “non-candidate committees,” as they’re called in state law) are political action committees with ties to a particular lawmaker or elected official. While they cannot directly funnel donations to that lawmaker, they can donate to a second candidate. Some watchdog groups like the South Carolina Policy Council and Common Cause have warned those campaign chests gave already-powerful chairmen or leaders even more influence over junior members.