by: David Goldstein, McClatchy Newspapers | Report
Washington - Super PACs are living up to their early billing as potential game-changers in the 2012 elections.
Free to flood a campaign with as much money as they can, these souped-up political action committees have already impacted the Republican presidential contest.
Newt Gingrich saw his sudden surge in Iowa squashed when super PAC allies of Mitt Romney spent millions on negative ads against the former speaker of the House of Representatives. Gingrich finished fourth in both the Iowa caucuses and in the New Hampshire primary.
But a $5 million pledge from a Las Vegas casino mogul and friend of Gingrich to a super PAC run by his supporters could help him make a stand in South Carolina's Republican primary on Jan. 21.