John McCain was a major player in campaign finance reform. The McCain-Feingold Act, ironically, is coming back to haunt him. Political Action Committees (PACs) are allowed under the new regulations, provided that the committees do not coordinate with any campaign receiving federal funds. There are no limits as to how much a PAC can spend, and their messages tend to be much edgier than a candidate would allow.
Recently, several PACs entered the campaign in a nasty way. First up was new organization, BornAliveTruth.org. Gianna Jessen is an abortion survivor and now, at age 31, speaks out as part