So you might have heard that Stephen Colbert now has his own Super PAC and now you’re wondering, “What in God’s name is a Super PAC?”
Is it the new version of the Pac-10 with the Colorado Buffaloes and the Utah Utes added? Nope! That’s the PAC-12.
Is it a agreement that you make with a “blood brother” or something? No, again. That’s a “super pact”.
“For crying out loud, Ed! What is a Super PAC and how is it different than just an ordinary PAC?”
Well, it all began back in 1960 when Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash (Barry Allen), Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), Aquaman, and the Martian Manhunter got together to fight for “Truth, justice and the American way.”
Damn it, I got confused again! That was the League of Justice. But don’t those guys sound like they’re a “Super PAC”?
Frankly, I could take the time to learn what PACs and Super PACs are; how they differ from one another; and then explain it to you; but I’m pretty lazy and I just don’t care enough. So I’m just going to give you a definition of a PAC first and then, if you don’t feel suicidal after such a boring topic, I’ll give you some links to figure out what a “Super PAC” is.
A Political Action Conference is a committee formed by business, labor, or other special-interest groups to raise money and make contributions to the campaigns of political candidates whom they support.
As I already said, I just don’t care enough, but even if you had a gun put to my head and demanded that I explain what a Super PAC is well then I’d just have to make something up because I honestly don’t understand what the difference is between a Super PAC an average Joe six-PAC.
Here’s the least confusing of all of the confusing definitions I dug up…
The 2010 election marks the rise of a new political committee, dubbed “super PACs,” and officially known as “independent-expenditure only committees,” which can raise unlimited sums from corporations, unions and other groups, as well as wealthy individuals. The super PACs were made possible by two court rulings, including one earlier in 2010 by the Supreme Court, that lifted many spending and contribution limits. The groups can also mount the kind of direct attacks on candidates that were not allowed in the past. Super PACs are not allowed to coordinate directly with candidates or political parties and must disclose their donors.
Make sense to you? Really? I’m still baffled. Do you think you could explain it in the “Comments Section” below?
- Stephen Colbert’s Super Pac is Official Thanks to FEC! (VIDEO) (restoringtruthiness.org)
- Super PAC Satire: FEC Approves Stephen Colbert’s Committee (swampland.time.com)
- Colbert looks for answers on campaign finance (pbpulse.com)
- Colbert Gets His SuperPAC. (underthelobsterscope.wordpress.com)
- Well This Should Be Interesting: FEC Approves Colbert SuperPAC (mediaite.com)