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Match-A-PAC 2016: A Game That Tests Your PAC Savvy

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Sara Plourde
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NHPR

If you’re hoping to follow the money in the 2016 presidential primary race, you’ve got a tough task. The fundraising tools available to candidates and their supporters are perhaps more complicated now than in any previous campaign. You've got your political actions committees (or PACs), your super PACs, your exploratory committees, your run-of-the-mill candidate committees, and countless other groups throwing their 2 (billion) cents into the 2016 presidential race.

This year, Super PACs appear to be making the biggest fundraising splash. These committees can raise and spend unlimited sums of money in support of candidates – though they can’t give money directly to candidates.

To help you keep track of the burgeoning PAC scene, we’ve created our Match-A-PAC game below. Just click on the square with each PAC name, and guess which candidate it’s associated with.* If you’re right, the candidate’s photo will appear. Bonus: You don’t have to file any pesky disclosures with the Federal Election Commission. Have fun!

Playing on your smartphone? Click here!

* In some cases, these PACs were founded by the candidate. In others, the super PACs are just committed to supporting that candidate. And in some cases, several PACs share the same name, though they may face different federal reporting requirements. Like we said, it's complicated.

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