Although the major political parties in the U.S. continue to be a driving force behind much of what goes on in politics, their influence seems to be weakening. Until 2002 political parties could accept unlimited contributions from various sources and use that money to further campaigns. Now, laws restrict contributions so money is funneled elsewhere-to outside groups and super PACs. These outside groups are now responsible for major campaign ads, research and reaching out to voters. So, what exactly is the role of a party in today’s political climate?