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Thursday, July 28, 2005

McCain PAC in action

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John McCain has reactivated his PAC to pay for travel and to allow him to contribute to other candidates' campaigns. His PAC is named "Straight Talk America", which is apparently a derivation of the name of his 2000 primary campaign bus. Naming a PAC after a bus seems like the beginning of a decent idea. Most PACs seem to have names like "Freedom Commission" and other appealing terms that don't offer much in the way of substance. And if there's one thing I'm about, it's substance. So, here are my substance laden ideas for naming a PAC:
  1. I would suggest maybe naming PACs after personal triumphs, to remind voters that the candidate has been successful in life. For unsuccessful people, this could be difficult, and might lead to people naming their PACs "High School honors English B+" or "making decent pie crust". For the successful candidates, however, this would be a great approach. Think "Saved people's lives", or "Filthy Rich", or "makes excellent pie crust."
  2. Fashion the name of the PAC as a riddle. The DaVinci Code of PAC names. Something more than just an anagram. Maybe the name would lead people to an opposition candidate's dirty secrets. I don't know. I'm just brainstorming here. At worst, it would hold the public's attention - "why is this guy's PAC called 'A wet moose drinks at midnight'?"
  3. Name a PAC after a popular film character. This approach would invite people to identify with someone that has made them laugh, or someone that they are at least interested in. I think this would be a great way to bring in new donors, that would otherwise not be interested in contributing. Think: "Senator John Blutarsky PAC", "Frank the Tank PAC", "Obi Wan Kanobi you're our only hope - the PAC".

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