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(Time)   The Mayday PAC, described as the "PAC to end all PACs," has raised $5 million   (time.com) divider line 26
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2014-07-05 05:05:41 PM  
Unless that's a typo for five billion, that's adorable.

Don't get me wrong, I like the concept and the cause. But PACs spent about $600M--spent, not raised--on the 2012 presidential election alone. This is not the solution to this problem.
 
2014-07-05 05:32:55 PM  
OMG, Pacman will eat Mayday PAC.
 
2014-07-05 05:35:05 PM  
It's a start. A very very very small start.
 
2014-07-05 05:37:01 PM  

Raging Thespian: It's a start. A very very very small start.


THIS

How about a PAC to just offset the others? Is this what this is or am I reading it wrong?
 
2014-07-05 05:38:05 PM  

Piizzadude: Raging Thespian: It's a start. A very very very small start.

THIS

How about a PAC to just offset the others? Is this what this is or am I reading it wrong?


I think you are reading it correctly.
 
2014-07-05 05:39:50 PM  

Prey4reign: OMG, Pacman will eat Mayday PAC.


spyhunter007.com
 
2014-07-05 05:40:33 PM  
media2.onsugar.com

Approves.
 
2014-07-05 05:42:34 PM  
So they plan to contribute some small amount to politicians who promise to pass laws to limit those contributions. I'm certain that none of these politicians will instead not push for any such laws and get more contributions from other PACs for their reelection.
 
2014-07-05 05:46:29 PM  
The Mayday PAC donation from Jason Alexander seems a little suspicious...

www.feelingoodtees.com
 
2014-07-05 06:06:36 PM  

Boojum2k: So they plan to contribute some small amount to politicians who promise to pass laws to limit those contributions. I'm certain that none of these politicians will instead not push for any such laws and get more contributions from other PACs for their reelection.


This probably comes down to whether you're an optimist or a pessimist by nature. Because, yeah, even if this PAC were to get one of their people elected...

"I'm going to push hard for real reform to campaign finance and limits on lobbying money!"
"That's super. I hope you succeed wildly. We'll put you on the...Land Management sub-committee."
"What? No, I need to be on..."
"It's great! You get to fly out to Bumble Fark, America once a month and listen to a bunch of guys who didn't graduate high school tell you how to run the country!"
"But..."
"Oh, also, better start on the donations for your re-election campaign now, because we've already got $20m in a slush fund for someone to primary the shiat out of you next time you're up. We've already got a commercial running in your district that ties you to Al Qaeda. Don't worry though, I'm sure your second Kickstarter will be just as successful"
 
2014-07-05 06:12:47 PM  
Politicians just come in their pants that sweet, sweet lobbyists money.

The fark with what's best for society. As long as the suited, privileged ones get to line their pockets...

The wealthy few with their unfair influence are the biggest enemy of democracy out there. Nor communism or islamists....
 
2014-07-05 06:18:06 PM  
It's a little sad and ironic that they have to create a PAC to fight the influence of money and PACs
 
2014-07-05 06:20:20 PM  
Why call the PAC "Mayday"?

Maybe it comes from the international distress call "Mayday" = french "m'aide" = "help me".

Then again it might come from Mayday celebrations, from the cutsie:
upload.wikimedia.org
to a Soviet themed International Workers' Day where Mayday displays of military power expressed worker's solidarity.
www.gannett-cdn.com


Does this PAC really want to be identified with Communists?
 
2014-07-05 06:46:11 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2014-07-05 06:48:26 PM  

HairBolus: Why call the PAC "Mayday"?

Maybe it comes from the international distress call "Mayday" = french "m'aide" = "help me".

Then again it might come from Mayday celebrations, from the cutsie:
[upload.wikimedia.org image 220x275]
to a Soviet themed International Workers' Day where Mayday displays of military power expressed worker's solidarity.
[www.gannett-cdn.com image 540x380]


Does this PAC really want to be identified with Communists?


Well, isn't suggesting that our esteemed congresspersons shouldn't be able to sell their votes to the highest bidders communism?
 
2014-07-05 06:55:03 PM  
they'll never control all of the politicians like aipac does
 
2014-07-05 06:55:50 PM  
Raising money to defeat the influence of money in politics.  Only in America.  Good luck with that.
 
2014-07-05 06:57:24 PM  

meat0918: Piizzadude: Raging Thespian: It's a start. A very very very small start.

THIS

How about a PAC to just offset the others? Is this what this is or am I reading it wrong?

I think you are reading it correctly.


Then sign me up!
 
2014-07-05 07:21:08 PM  
There seem to be a limited number of people even trying to find answers here. Our political situation is a mess. If this has any hope of making any impact at all, it's worth a few bucks. I don't complete agree with Larry Lessig, but I trust that he means well, which is more than I can say for Pelosi, Boehner, Reid, Obama, Cantor (yes, I know), or the rest. I have one inoffensive representative - not good, but not that bad - and two absolutely terrible senators. I'm looking for hope here.
 
2014-07-05 08:33:36 PM  

jayhawk88: Boojum2k: So they plan to contribute some small amount to politicians who promise to pass laws to limit those contributions. I'm certain that none of these politicians will instead not push for any such laws and get more contributions from other PACs for their reelection.

This probably comes down to whether you're an optimist or a pessimist by nature. Because, yeah, even if this PAC were to get one of their people elected...

"I'm going to push hard for real reform to campaign finance and limits on lobbying money!"
"That's super. I hope you succeed wildly. We'll put you on the...Land Management sub-committee."
"What? No, I need to be on..."
"It's great! You get to fly out to Bumble Fark, America once a month and listen to a bunch of guys who didn't graduate high school tell you how to run the country!"
"But..."
"Oh, also, better start on the donations for your re-election campaign now, because we've already got $20m in a slush fund for someone to primary the shiat out of you next time you're up. We've already got a commercial running in your district that ties you to Al Qaeda. Don't worry though, I'm sure your second Kickstarter will be just as successful"


If the Senate was under GOP control, they'd do the same thing to Elizabeth Warren.
 
2014-07-05 09:04:07 PM  
It may be a long shot, but it's the shot we have. I'm in.
 
2014-07-05 11:37:03 PM  

runwiz: Raising money to defeat the influence of money in politics.  Only in America.  Good luck with that.


It's just like guns. The only way to get rid of a bad guy with money is a good guy with money.
 
2014-07-06 01:35:00 AM  

runwiz: Raising money to defeat the influence of money in politics.  Only in America.  Good luck with that.


Try reading this, it may help;

https://mayday.us/the-plan/
 
2014-07-06 03:28:27 AM  
Where's the irony tag?

A PAC that essentially wants to limit the influence of its own type of organization, and limit campaign spending is itself spending lots of money to do so.
 
2014-07-06 06:36:24 AM  
The system is broken.


/nothing more to add
 
2014-07-06 11:42:23 AM  

HairBolus: Maybe it comes from the international distress call "Mayday" = french "m'aide" = "help me".


upload.wikimedia.org

Mayday, Mayday! I wonder why they call it "Mayday"? It's only a bank holiday. Why not "Shrove Tuesday", or "Ascension Sunday"? Ascension Sunday, Ascension Sunday! 2nd Wednesday after Pentecost, 2nd Wednesday after Pentecost!
 
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