Independent Expenditures

When you opened your mailbox, watched television or listened to commercial radio in the lead-up to the election, you and other would-be voters were likely bombarded by political advertisements. Like in elections past, some of those materials were paid for by candidate committees and are easily identified as such. But the sources of the materials from other groups -- known as independent expenditures and not authorized by a candidate or a candidate committee -- are often more difficult to discern.