You’re probably reading yet another bleary-eyed, tisk-tisking trend piece about how this is the "apathetic generation" or how #Kony2012 was the worst. Well, have no fear, cynical masses, because some of the kids are all right—they’re here, they’re organizing and with some inspiration from one Stephen Colbert, are creating delightfully irreverent SuperPACs.
Not only are offshoots of Colbert’s own SuperPAC, Americans For A Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow, popping up on college campuses (leading to wacky engagement strategies, and more importantly, teaching everyone how campaign finance works), but Colbert also sent out 1,000 SuperPAC starter kits to viewers, which included, as he wrote, "Federal Election Commission paperwork, filing instructions, an allen wrench and a small canned ham that resembles Karl Rove." And students and other young folks around the country are starting their own Colbert-inspired groups, such as the amazingly-named Why Not ZoidPAC?, established by MIT freshman Danny Ben-David in a process the founder called "almost frustratingly easy." Other self-started SuperPACs include the bitingly named, Watergate-alluding CREEP, run by a Georgetown University law student, and the non-party-affiliated Everyone’s Favorite Group/Socially Acceptable People Who Have Happy Funtime Ideas & Team.
But the SuperPAC that has probably gotten the most attention is that of a professional baseball player and former Northwestern University student named David Jensen, who created Cats For A Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow. On their site, Jensen gets his message out the only way to do so in this modern age: with LOLcats. About campaign finance. He’s also hoping to attract donors with some feline funtimes, including creating personalized baseball cards for his "fat cat" contributors.
Of course, there are some polls that suggest 69 percent of all Americans want SuperPACs banned. But how can you say no to the cats?