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In the Gusher of Super PACs, Even One Named ‘The Internet’

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Posted on Jan 21, 2012
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By Kim Barker, Politico

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On Jan. 5, a super PAC called “a SuperPAC” registered with the FEC, with a website at www.asuperpacforhire.com, which includes a way to donate. It also features the explanation: “Have you ever wanted a message to get out to the voting public about a candidate running for federal office but didn’t want the mess of production, compliance, or disclosure paperwork?  a SuperPAC wants to get the TRUTH out too.”

Treasurer Matthew Balazik of Frederick, Md., said the group is real. Ads on its website, which proclaim “Paid for by a SuperPAC,” target Democrats who’ve turned Republican.

“We’re pretty conservative around here,” Balazik wrote in response to an email. “We believe fundamentally that you should be able to speak publically (sic) and anonymously so long as you do not violate anyone else’s rights.”

When asked if anyone had tried to hire a SuperPAC super PAC, Balazik wrote simply: “That’s a good question.”

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On Jan. 4, “The Internet” registered as a super PAC. Unfortunately, its website doesn’t appear to be working, but it does raise the specter of ads proclaiming, “paid for by The Internet.”

On Dec. 22, the Real Leader PAC registered as a super PAC, with a website that still leads to nowhere.

The previous week, Cain Connections PAC registered as a super PAC, with no website, days after Herman Cain had dropped out of the Republican race. Its mission is unclear.

Earlier in December, the American Crosswinds PAC— sounding remarkably similar to the Republican fundraising juggernaut American Crossroads super PAC — registered as a super PAC, although it has no website and no email address.

On Dec. 1, Feel the Heat PAC registered from a Washington P.O. box — just like many real super PACs. Its website never got up and running, and reception must have been cool: On Tuesday, it terminated itself. The Restore Trust PAC, started by the same person, had similar issues.

Also in December, Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Today — clearly a play on Colbert’s super PAC, Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow — registered with the FEC. On Dec. 12, it announced it wanted to be a super PAC, with a typo: “Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Toady.”

Todd Bailey, who formed the super PAC, said it’s working for the Occupy Wall Street movement, which has decried the Citizens Unitedruling and the effect of money on politics. In other words, a joke on a satire is operating in earnest, apparently under the theory, “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.”

“There’s a tool that’s been created that everyone’s using,” Bailey said. “You have to make a choice. Either stand on sidelines, or get in the game and use a tool that you’re really not comfortable with.”


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By gerard, January 22, 2012 at 2:20 pm Link to this comment

Thank you, novenator.  Very helpful.

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By Outraged, January 22, 2012 at 9:12 am Link to this comment

Good post novenator.

This whole abomination came from the right and the crazy right wing supremes put in place by the rich right wingers. There’s nothing conservative about it. It is extremism, and it is run by rich psychopaths. Our democracy will be gone completely if the Republicans get control of the reins of power, it’s bad enough already…... look what they are doing in the House. Republicans are outright criminals and are treasonous to democracy.

They continue their unabashed, criminal power grab:

“Democracy is on life support in America. And now the Republican National Committee wants to drive the last nail into its coffin. With Citizens United, the only remaining limit is that corporations and the wealthy cannot donate unlimited monies directly to the candidates, but must give it to committees (PACS). The PACs are required to be independent from candidates and cannot coordinate their activities or advertising with the candidate. This rule is somehow supposed to avoid the obvious quid pro quo corruption. Now, the Republican National Committee doesn’t see the need for such a silly pretense.

On January 10, 2012, the RNC filed a brief with the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals seeking to overturn the 1907 law banning corporations from giving money directly to candidates. The RNC claims the law is unconstitutional, stating: “The complete ban both is over-inclusive to this aim and artificially disadvantages political party and candidate committees,” they wrote. “It is over-inclusive because it bans all corporate donations without regard to the ability of corporate donors to attribute their donations to individuals.”

http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/318264#ixzz1kCgWEe4M

Think the Koch Brothers, Bob Perry….. etc. Criminals.

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By novenator, January 21, 2012 at 6:51 pm Link to this comment

Truthdig really does some excellent investigation work.  Here’s some supplemental info on this: Gaze Into the Exploding Universe of Dark Money
http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/12/super-pacs-501-c-groups-chart

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