The PAC naming business could use a little imagination.
Last month, the Federal Election Commission released its list of “Pacronyms,” which are the “acronyms, abbreviations, initials and common names” for federal political action committees that go by a nickname.
Pursuing the 59 pages of names showed a severe lack of creativity in PAC naming. Most businesses and organizations simply use their own name, which we suppose makes sense from a marketing perspective, but man is it boring.
And many members of Congress, for their leadership PACs, use the same tactic employed to name legislation — forced acronyms. Like the one for Rep. Scott Tipton (R-Colo.): TIPTON PAC “Taking an Independent Perspective Together for Our Nation.” Or for Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.): MICHELE PAC “Many Individual Conservatives Helping Elect Leaders Everywhere.”
But we were able to locate a few out-of-the-box thinkers, or at least some who tried to be clever or have fun with it.
1. Several use a play on backpacks.
For example, Rep. Randy Weber (R-Tex.) has his BAC PAC “Building American Conservatism.” A Florida building and construction trade union also uses BAC PAC.
2. There is an entire PAC devoted to businessmen with facial hair.
And naturally its name is BEARD “Bearded Entrepreneurs for the Advancement of a Responsible Democracy.” It only has $52 on hand.
3. And one ode to a dead rapper.
FEC received a statement of organization last month for Tu PAC. The treasurer’s title/position? Head Makaveli. (The name Tupac Shakur began using in the mid-90s.) This appears to be the only Tu PAC on file, which begs the question, how did it take until 2014 for someone to come up with that?
4. A few use the ambiguous “X.”
But only one X PAC caught our attention: The “Extraterrestrial Phenomena” PAC. As of last year it had raised $45, but has no cash. It does, however, have a Web site that claims it was going to get involved in the 2014 election to encourage candidates to have congressional hearings with “extraterrestrial phenomena witnesses.” Its mission is “to end the government embargo of facts confirming the presence of extraterrestrial life forms in our world…”