Blog — Campaign Finance Reform
A quick glance at the Federal Election Commission’s (FEC) website provides ample proof that super PACs are thriving in the post-Citizens United world. But they’re not all out to thwart hapless disclosure laws and influence our elections. In fact, many seem to be poking fun at both the Supreme Court and FEC.
In light of the attention surrounding Stephen Colbert’s Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow, it appears the number of Colbert-inspired super PACs may now have exceeded those that have actually raised and spent real money to influence your vote. Here are some of the more entertainingly-named ones that caught our eye:
- Buck Up to Beef Up America
- Concerned Moms and Dads of America
- America's Super PAC for the Permanent Elimination of America’s Super PACs
- Americans for a More American America
- Utes for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow
- Penn Staters for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow
- Milwaukeeans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow
It’s good to see someone having fun with super PACs, because it certainly adds a little humor to our jobs. But one thing is for certain: the feckless FEC is no laughing matter. As part of our successful “We the People” petition, we called on the president to replace five members of the FEC whose terms have expired. It has been almost three months now and we’re still waiting for a response.
The pervasive effects of super PACs are just a few reasons why the FEC needs to step up its game in the post-Citizens United world.
With all that said and in the spirit of Colbert, if you were to start a super PAC, what would it be?
Enjoy your weekend everyone.
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