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Democrats take page from GOP playbook

Turn to super PACs to level fund-raising

In a reversal, Senator John Kerry (right) is now backing use of super PACs. Senator Scott Brown (left) is expected to get such support as he battles Democrats in his reelection bid. In a reversal, Senator John Kerry (right) is now backing use of super PACs. Senator Scott Brown (left) is expected to get such support as he battles Democrats in his reelection bid. (Elise Amendola/Associated Press)
By Donovan Slack
Globe Staff / October 25, 2011

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Democrats in Congress have joined an inside-the-beltway gold rush in support of so-called “super PACs,’’ which can accept political contributions of unlimited size, including from outside groups that keep the sources of their money secret. Republican-leaning groups pioneered the practice last year. Now Democrats are trying to catch up. Super PACs are forming at a rate of two per week, up from two per month earlier this year.

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