Wednesday, July 27, 2005

A want it got it link

Eric Appleman, of Democracy in Action, has put together a web page that is a must have link for any sort of political commentary wannabe type of blog:

Leadership PACs
- updated July 24, 2005 -
One way a potential presidential candidate can build support in the years leading up to an election is to form a leadership PAC. Leadership PACs can generate goodwill by making contributions to candidate and party committees. A presidential prospect (or other political leader) can fund travel, build a network of supporters, and demonstrate fundraising prowess. Note that there are federal and state leadership PACs.

Leadership PACs often have creative or patriotic names that help convey message or philosophy.
"The Name Game"
Below are names of leadership PACs of some of the individuals mentioned as major 2008 presidential prospects.
Match the PAC and the individual. (Note: one of the names is made up).

1. The Commonwealth PAC
2. Forward Together
3. 21st Century Freedom PAC
4. Heartland PAC
5. Sandhills PAC
6. Keeping America's Promise PAC
7. Solutions America PAC
8. Progressive Patriots Fund
9. Volunteer PAC
10. One America Committee
11. Restore America PAC
All America PAC
13. Good Government for America Committee
14. WesPAC-Securing America's Future
16. Unite Our States PAC
17. Healthy America PAC
18. Moving America Forward
19. Wave the Flag PAC
20. America's Foundation
a. Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN)
b. Sen. Bill Frist (R-TN)
c. Sen. John Kerry (D-MA)
d. Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA)
e. Name of PAC made up
f. Gov. Mark Warner (D-VA)
g. Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE)
h. Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R-NY)
i. Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI)
j. Gov. George Pataki (R-NY)
k. Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS)
l. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY)
m. Gov. Tom Vilsack (D-IA)
n. Gen. Wesley Clark (D-AR)
o. Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR)
p. Sen. John Edwards (D-NC)
q. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA)
r. Sen. George Allen (R-VA)
s. Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM)
t. Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE)

Answers: 1d. The Commonwealth PAC (Romney - July 2004). 2f. Forward Together (Warner - July 2005; Warner also has a state PAC, One Virginia PAC). 3j. 21st Century Freedom PAC (Pataki - April 8, 1998). 4m. Heartland PAC (Vilsack - April 13, 2005). 5g. Sandhills PAC (Hagel - May 28, 1999). 6c. Keeping America's Promise PAC (Kerry - Feb. 11, 2005). 7h. Solutions America PAC (Giuliani - March 20, 1998). 8i. Progressive Patriots Fund (Feingold - Jan. 28, 2005). 9b. Volunteer PAC (Frist - Nov. 24, 1998). 10p. One America Committee (Edwards). 11k. Restore America PAC (Brownback - April 1, 1999). 12a. All America PAC (Bayh). 13r. Good Government for America Committee (Allen - April 19, 1996). 14n. WesPAC-Securing America's Future (Clark - April 2, 2004). 15l. HILL PAC (Clinton - Jan. 5, 2001). 16t. Unite Our States PAC (Biden - June 28, 2005). 17o. Healthy America Political Action Committee (Huckabee - July 11, 2005). 18s. Moving America Forward (Richardson - mid-2002). 19e. Wave the Flag PAC (Name of PAC made up). 20q. America's Foundation (Santorum - Sept. 1, 1995, initially known as FIGHT PAC).

-Gov. Pataki's PAC initially filed in 1998 as Freedom PAC and then as Economic Freedom PAC before settling on 21st Century Freedom PAC.
-The Commonwealth PAC includes a federal PAC, based in Michigan, and four state PACs, in Iowa, South Carolina, Arizona and Michigan. Trent Wisecup, executive director of The Commonwealth PAC, took issue with the "leadership PAC" label. He said The Commonwealth PAC was formed by friends and supporters of Gov. Romney to help support Republicans. It has been very active in Iowa (Oct. 19, 2004; Jan. 19, 2005).
-Sen. Bayh changed the name of his PAC in Feb. 2005; it was formerly known as Americans for Responsible Leadership.
-Fmr Sen. Edwards' PAC is the successor to New American Optimists, formed Aug. 28, 2001.
-Gov. Richardson's Moving America Forward is now inactive; it was formed in 2002 and stopped operations in early 2005; it spent about $2.5 million.
-Gov. Vilsack's Heartland PAC and Gov. Huckabee's Healthy America PAC are Section 527 organizations.

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