Monday, September 10, 2012

If you had a super PAC, what would you name it?

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Raptors for Jesus, Just Drink the Koolaid and Slam Dunks, Fireworks and Eagles. Surprisingly, that’s not the setlist for Weird Al’s next show. They’re actually a few of the very comical, very real names of super Political Action Committees.

Since 2010, super PACs have had the ability to raise unlimited sums of money from corporations, unions, associations and individuals and then spend it to advocate for or against political candidates of their choosing. Super PACS can’t donate money directly to political candidates, though, and must report any donations to the Federal Election Commission.

So what’s with the names? Satirical titling might be the fault of comedian and host of The Colbert Report Stephen Colbert. Colbert started the super PAC Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow — not to be confused with Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Yesterday, another very real group. Of the 680 and counting super PACs registered with the FEC, it’s clear that creativity was at play when titling some of the PACs.

Patriotism runs rampant on the super PAC list, with names like My America, Your America and even America for Americans. Looking to the future is also highly popular, with PACs like Our Destiny PAC and Restore Our Future, the PAC that advocates the strongest for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Priorities USA, which supports President Obama, is just as annoyingly vague as CausePAC and Energize PAC.

There’s even an American’s Against Super PACs super PAC, which is more in line with actual American sentiment toward the independent expenditure-only committees. In a March Washington Post-ABC News poll, 69 percent of all Americans and voters said super PACs should be banned. Seventy-eight percent even said super PACs should be illegal.

Until that happens, though, we’re content enjoying some of the absolutely obscure and amusing ways some of the committees have been branded. Here are a few of the best:

● Americans for More Rhombus
● Bears for a Bearable Tommorrow
● Bringin’ Sexy Political Action Committee
● Don’t Drink the Tea Party
● Hall and Oates Fans for America
● Peeps PAC
● The Dump Him Project
● Zombies of Tomorrow

What would you name your super PAC and why? Sound off in the comment section below!

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