intro: What is the purpose of the So What ZoidPAC? Which candidate does the Sam vs.The Machine Super PAC support? And why is Mitt Mean?
Just ask the Federal Elections Commission, where these and a plethora of other unusually named Super PACs have been officially formed. The 560 Super PACs registered with the FEC this election cycle can collect unlimited donations and spend their money to support whichever political candidate they want.
Here's a look at some of the most awesomely unusual Super PAC names and what these quirky groups are up to during the 2012 election.
quicklist: 7 title: Why Not ZoidPAC? text: Total Raised: $0
Cash on Hand: $0
Purpose: Because he can.
Daniel Ben-David, a freshman physics major at MIT, created ZoidPAC in March because there was nothing stopping him.
"I was just sitting in my dorm room one night and said 'oh hell, why not?' It was almost frustratingly easy," Ben-David told CNN Money in March. "It cost no more than a 44 cent stamp and 5 pieces of paper."
Ben-David has since sent three letters to the Federal Election Commission "as a test" to see if the FEC actually posted the correspondence online, which it did.
In the letters Ben-David, who dubbed himself the President/Treasurer/Grand Poobah of Why Not ZoidPAC?, nicknames the FEC filer who has to post his letters "Fran" and says he will use the online filing system as "a way to submit positions and ideas to the public record on behalf of Why Not ZoidPAC."
Other awesomely unexplainable Super PAC names include:
- Americans for more Rhombus
- Just Drink the Koolaid
- Buck Up to Beef Up America
- The Dump Him Project
quicklist: 5 title: Slam Dunks, Fireworks and Eagles Super PAC text: Total Raised: n/a
Cash on Hand: n/a
Purpose: Reduce the debt
Slam Dunks, Fireworks and Eagles Super PAC is a Washington, D.C.-based group of college students who are "deeply concerned" about growing federal deficits. On its website, the group explains its unusual name saying it wanted to "stand out."
"Our Super PAC loves America and what is more American than slam dunks, fireworks, and eagles?" the website says.
Like any good college students, the group wants to raise beer money. Only these beers would help return the country to fiscal stability by bringing together bipartisan members of Congress to talk through deficit reduction over a couple cold ones.
"In college you settle your differences by talking them out around beers; we hope to encourage our Congressmen to engage in this practice too."
Because Slam Dunks, Fireworks and Eagles is a brand new Super PAC – it officially formed in early June – it has not yet had to file donation reports.
quicklist: 6 title: Mitt Is Mean – Animal Lovers Against Romney text: Total Raised: $248
Cash on Hand: $238
Purpose: Defeat Mitt Romney
Two decades ago Mitt Romney loaded his family's Irish setter Seamus into a dog crate, strapped the crate to the roof of the family station wagon and set out on 12-hour family vacation. It is step two in that story that the founders of Mitt Is Mean want every voter in the 2012 election to remember.
The group is one of four Super PACs formed by pet advocates to spread the Seamus story. The others include:
- Dogs Against Romney
- I Ride Inside- The Pets Against Romney Committee
quicklist: 5 title: Patriotic Americans for a More Patriotic and American America text: Total Raised: $0
Cash on Hand: $0
When in doubt for what to name a Super PAC, go with patriotism. Many Super PAC names ooze American pride, but few are as positively patriotic as the Patriotic Americans for a More Patriotic and American America Super PAC.
But while the group has no lack of love for the country, its donations are in short supply. The group did not report raising any money since its creation in June.
Here are a few other overtly patriotic PAC names:
- Winning Freedom Inc
- Americans for a More American America
- America is Great PAC
quicklist: 4 title: Citizens Against Super PACs Inc. text: Total Raised: $35
Cash on Hand: $35
Purpose: Pass a constitutional amendment abolishing Super PACs
The Citizens Against Super PACs may itself be a Super PAC, but if the group had it its way it wouldn't be allowed to legally exist at all. The PAC was created in January and advocates against the unlimited donations that Super PACs can collect and spend to support political candidates.
"Our goal is to place a limit on Super PACs or an all-out stop to them," the group wrote on its website. "We will raise funds to run ads supporting political candidates who are in favor of a constitutional amendment limiting or abolishing Super PACs."
Citizens Against Super PACs is one of a handful of anti-Super PAC Super PACs registered with the FEC, such as America's Super PAC for the Permanent Elimination of America's Super PACs.
quicklist: 3 title: Sam vs The Machine text: Total Raised: $36,853
Cash on Hand: $36,853
Purpose: Elect Sam Rohrer to the U.S. Senate
Sam Vs. The Machine is one of the only Super PACs on this list that was created to support a particular candidate. The group is collecting and spending money to help elect Sam Rohrer, who is running for one of Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate seats.
"Sam Rohrer is the RIGHT man; with the RIGHT political philosophy; at the RIGHT time," Sam vs the Machine chairman Peg Luksik wrote on the group's website. "We need a conservative Senate nominee, not the Party's warmed over Democrat-Lite candidate."
Rohrer lost Pennsylvania's April 24 Republican Primary to coal company owner Tom Smith by a 17 percentage point margin.
quicklist: 2 title: Bears for a Bearable Tomorrow text: Total Receipts: n/a
Cash on Hand: n/a
After comedian Stephen Colbert made his own Super PAC Americans for a Better Tomorrow Tomorrow, many of his viewers wanted one too, especially when he started selling "Colbert's Super Fun PAC."
The $99 kit included a tube sock, Allen wrench, treasure map, "Turtles Don't Like Peanut Butter T-Shirt" and instructions on how to officially set up a Super PAC. Colbert's PAC reported raising $780,000 in the two months after his Super Fun PACs went on sale.
Bears for a Bearable Tomorrow, started by two University of California Berkeley students, filed its statement of organization with the FEC in May, but because of a missing signature has not yet been approved and therefore has not filed a donation report.
'Bears' is one of more than half a dozen Super PACs registered under names that are conspicuously similar to Colbert's PAC.
Here are a few of the other copy cats:
- My Cat Xavier for A Better Tomorrow Tomorrow
- Students For A Better Tomorrow Tomorrow
- Raising Awareness of Dihydrogen-Monoxide for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow
- We Just Want Stephen Colbert To Come To Our College SuperPAC
quicklist: 1 title: Peeps PAC text: Total Raised: $1,376.75
Cash on Hand: $0
Purpose: To vote incumbents out of federal office
Tag Line: "You, Me, 'We' Are the Peep's. The People of America."
As the Peeps PAC website says, this PAC's goal is "to launch an unprecedented comprehensive attack from every conceivable angle –TOTAL WAR– on The 535 People in power Responsible For Ruining Our Country and Its Economics. this TOTAL WAR approach will make the difference and lead to TOTAL VICTORY IN NOVEMBER! If You Vote Them Out."