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Friday, October 21, 2016

On Tuesday, former Florida governor Jeb Bush took his latest step toward a 2016 presidential run with the formation of a new leadership PAC, “Right to Rise.”

“We believe passionately that the Right to Rise — to move up the income ladder based on merit, hard work and earned success — is the central moral promise of American economic life,” the PAC states on its website.

Unfortunately for Bush, many observers seem to believe passionately that Right to Rise is a pretty dumb name.

Still, it could be worse. According to a list compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics, more than 1,000 groups have organized as SuperPACs. Unlike Bush’s committee, a leadership PAC certain to be a cash cow, most of the SuperPACs have raised zero dollars. And many of them have names that make “Right to Rise” sound like poetry in comparison.

Here are 23 of the worst:

• Bringin’ Sexy Political Action Committee
• Raptors for Jesus
• Howard Stern Fans for a Baba Booey Tomorrow, Tmrw
• Minnesotans for Mitt’s Money
• Why Vote
• Hall & Oates Fans for America
• Zombies of Tomorrow
• Faux News Super PAC
• American Crosswords
• Patriotic Americans/More Patriotic & Am’cn America
• Super Ninja PAC
• PAC Your Bong
• A Cantor Out of Tune
• Americans for More Rhombus
• Fat Old Man PAC
• Have-nots Unite! Half-knots Untie!
• Hitch a Wang Bang Noodle 911 Night Long
• My Cat Xavier for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow
• No More Timeline Pages
• Slam Dunks, Fireworks & Eagles Super PAC
• Thank You Citizen’s United! Super PAC
• Just Drink the Koolaid
• Why Not ZoidPAC?

See the full list of SuperPACs here.

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  • FT66

    Wow! a PAC known as “Right To Rise”!! and of course without forgetting The Act Of Love. Way to go Jeb!

  • dtgraham

    Jeb Bush’s “Right to Rise” Superpac. I like it. I can really relate to that name. I used to be a paid member of a porn site with that same name for years. I think it’s much better than some of the rejected Superpac names that I’ve heard the Bush campaign team mulled over and eventually turned down. For example:

    – “Oh C’mon, with this name you know I’m a sure thing”, Superpac.
    – “Let’s pretend that we all have bright futures”, Superpac.
    – “I’ve resigned from all greedy, corrupt, sleazy, corporate board memberships on the planet”, Superpac.
    – “Another Bush: couldn’t do any worse”, Superpac.
    – “I’ll be announcing the final Florida Presidential results before people go into vote”, Superpac.
    – “Party with the Bushmeister”, Superpac.
    – “The lowest paid workers on earth, we pass the savings on to corporations”, Superpac.
    – “I’ll tax you bastards back to the stone age”, Superpac. (wasn’t actually considered, just ridiculously imagined by the Tea party Republicans)

  • adler56

    The name of jebbies PAC must be aimed at those low info Republican voters who mistakenly believe it means their right to rise. It sure doesn’t mean poor jebbie and his largely un-American family who were born on third base. Just a name for suckers wanting to believe America is great. Not in the last 51 years
    it hasn’t been. It started with the killing of JFK and for the last six years the
    downfall of America has continued with the openly racist Republicans.

    • dtgraham

      Your first sentence is exactly right. On my second pac name, I was thinking of going with “Let’s pretend that I’m a working class populist” superpac. Who does he think he is that he can use Obama’s 2008 campaign rhetoric? Encouraging outsourcing, keeping wages down, tax cuts for the rich guys, and I’ll take away your health care. Yeah, that should do it.

  • Daniel Jones

    I suspect that many of these are parody PACs registered explicitly to mock the serious dark money laundering organizations.

  • Alex Yamach