There are additional, and perhaps more important, reasons members of congress set up PACs, however. First, almost everyone one is doing it. Politicians are noted for their desire to be with the crowd. Second, the PAC allows the politico to double dip so to speak. That is, politicians are able to raise revenue from the same donors, PACs, etc. who give to their campaigns allowing both the MC and the contributor to get twice the clout for the investment. Third, by giving to colleagues and friends of their colleagues through the leadership PAC, a congressional go-getter can win enhanced credibility, solidify friendship among those who determine congressional leadership positions, and pave the road to more prestigious or politically advantageous committee assignments and chairmanships. In addition, the PAC contribution to a local or state party organization for “party building” is a nifty way to demonstrate party loyalty and create a network of friends around the country.