The Democratization of Super PACs

From the WSJ:  Here a PAC, There a PAC—Except Some Are Not So Super

Sure, it takes a lot of donated money to have an effective and powerful super PAC, but it’s surprisingly easy to create one.  In fact, it’s so easy that more than 600 of them have been formed in the two years since the Citizens United decision and many of them are just downright goofy.

How easy is it to create one?

In fact, the Federal Election Commission’s website features a helpful start-up guide. Individuals fill out a four-page form declaring that they have created a super PAC and have a bank account or safe deposit box.

“It’s easier than renewing your driver’s license at the DMV; you don’t even have to wait in line,” says William McGinley, an election lawyer with the firm Patton Boggs.

The FEC makes it easy to download your own toolkit.

I’ll bet there are possibilities here for humor and good-natured campaign mayhem that no one’s even considered yet.  Once the word gets out, I think we’re going to have a much more entertaining campaign season this year.

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