Sunlight’s Political Action Committee (PAC) Name Generator

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American Freedom. Patriots for Truth. Citizens for a Brighter Future. The Alliance for Children & Families. Champions of American Freedom. Common Sense in America.

These names are so agreeable, so reasonable, so inclusive, so damned American and yet their names reveal nothing about who funded these groups. It could be your coworkers, a couple billionaires, a band of small business owners, a gaggle of big corporations or maybe that nice fellow who says hello every morning. You just don’t know.

The Citizens United Supreme Court ruling that led to the explosion of independent expenditures in the midterm elections also spurred a growing list of meaningless titles for organizations. Here at the Sunlight Foundation we will continue to advocate for strong disclosure laws, but we also thought we could have some fun with these vacuous names that simply serve as filing fodder. As we trolled through the spending records from the midterm elections we were shocked at how many people seem to $peak out in favor of common sense, families and the future! Political Action Committees often have bizarre names, but as more and more groups pop up to shield the identity of the donors, the names seem to get even more off topic.

We created this handy (and oh-so embeddable) widget that generates possible PACs and illuminates the absurdity of these inane hollow names. Results may vary:

The PAC Name Generator includes more than 28,000 possible fictional names and mixes in links to a hundred real PACs. Since the real ones are difficult to spot, we’ve linked more info on them from our Influence Explorer project and Follow the Unlimited Money site. Special doff to Jeremy Carbaugh from Labs for turning dreams into code. We would love to hear which results are your favorites and to embed this on your own site use the following code:

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  • K

    Brilliant. I have already donated to “Scheming Gentlemen in Support of Watercress.” I do hope they will distribute my millions appropriately.

  • I joined “Sensible Parents against Founding Fathers Rolling Around in Their Graves,” “Shining Hope against the Thought Police PAC,” and “Strong Women, Good-looking Men and Above Average Children against Flatlanders Drinking our Water.” Honorable mentions: “Old People for The Constitution,” “Social South Dakotans against Bad Government,” and “Free People for Something Worth Fighting For.”

  • Mustachioed Tycoons for More Entitlements, Less Taxes

    Sweetness. This is a great resource for budding indie rock bands seeking catchy names. Thanks Sunlight!

  • Got to hand it to you, this is awesome. Will have to hope there’s a group for East-Coast Dwelling Oregon Natives Opposed to Mimes.

    Sean Parnell
    President
    Center for Competitive Politics
    http://www.campaignfreedom.org
    http:/www.twitter.com/seanparnellccp

  • Peter

    “Constitutional Kittens for Family Dinner.” I’m not sure who’d be in favor of kittens for dinner!

  • SInce the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling, we’ve been flooded by inquires from our partners as to what to name this or that new PAC. This name generator promises to be a useful resource.

    Dr. Rebecca Wolf
    Undersecretary for Community and Social Media
    United States Department of Fear
    http://feardepartment.com
    http://twitter.com/feardept

  • Main Street For Kodos

    Don’t blame me, I voted for Kodos.
    H. Simpson