The Super PAC name game

By now we’re all becoming familiar with the reality that Super PACs are the Political Action Committees capable of fundraising “unlimited sums from corporations, unions and other groups, as well as individuals.” (Super PACs, it should be noted, do have some limitations — like how a Super PAC that supports a specific political candidate is forbidden from having any direct communication with that candidate or his/her campaign.)

There’s one big elephant-in-the-room caveat, though, to all this talk of Super PACs: a lot of these committees have names that are really, really odd. Names that make you wonder if some marketing consultant used a computer program to combine several non sequitur buzz words and auto-generate a final product without any regard for whether it makes cohesive sense as a standalone phrase.

Against that backdrop, let’s play a quick game:  we’re going to list the names of a half dozen Super PACs, one for each of the six Republican presidential hopefuls still running. Then you’ll see if you can correctly connect each GOP candidate with the name of the Super PAC working on his behalf.

The Super PACs are listed in alphabetical order, with a few of our observations in tow.

  1. Endorse Liberty PAC: Aren’t we all already inherently endorsing liberty by virtue of living in the United States?
  2. Make Us Great Again PAC: Does this mean greatness presently eludes us as a nation?
  3. Our Destiny PAC: Our favorite name on this list because it gets right to the point and feels inclusive.
  4. Red, White and Blue Fund PAC: We’re borderline obsessive about punctuation, so we wholly commend the founders of this Super PAC for not placing a comma after “White.”
  5. Restore Our Future PAC: Please pause and ask yourself this question: How in the world can we restore something that hasn’t even happened — you know, like the future?! Seriously, every time we hear this Super PAC’s nonsensical name on television, we become so apoplectic that the room starts spinning.
  6. Winning Our Future PAC: Does this mean it’s possible for us to somehow lose our futures?

Before we reveal which Super PACs correspond to which candidates, here are links to a couple recent articles about the goings-on of some of these deep-pocketed committees.

“Pro-Mitt Romney super PAC goes in for the kill in Florida,” published Tuesday by the Washington Post. “The super PAC supporting Romney’s campaign has increased its ad buy in Florida by $3.6 million — a huge number that comes on top of the $2.3 million in ads the super PAC … bought in South Carolina on Monday.”

“Billionaire Writes $5 Million Check to Gingrich Super PAC,” published Tuesday by the Wall Street Journal. “Super PACs currently are playing a crucial role in this election year. Campaign finance experts say the groups have launched a new torrent of secret and unlimited money.”

“Ron Paul 2012 super PAC avoids disclosure,” published Monday by Politico. “Yet another super PAC — this one supporting presidential candidate Ron Paul — has used a federal campaign finance loophole to avoid disclosing its donors until the month’s end, when several caucuses and primaries will already have concluded.”

And without further ado, here are the answers to the above quiz questions:

  1. Ron Paul
  2. Rick Perry
  3. Jon Huntsman Jr.
  4. Rick Santorum
  5. Mitt Romney
  6. Newt Gingrich

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