The Super PAC That Hates the Idea of Super PACs
CREDO Mobile, which donates a portion of its revenue to progressive causes, has launched a Super PAC to target 10 Republican lawmakers affiliated with the Tea Party. It plans to spend $3 million on the elections and has about $235,000 cash on hand, according to its Federal Election Commission filings.
Today, CREDO SuperPAC announced the first six representatives it is going after: Sean Duffy of Wisconsin, Steve King of Iowa, Allen West of Florida, Joe Walsh of Illinois, Frank Guinta of New Hampshire and Chip Cravaack of Minnesota. The Super PAC selected the targets - the other four of which will be announced later - based not only on their positions, but also on the chances of them being defeated.
"These are some of the most terrible people in Congress. They don't believe in science, they have problems with women ... and they're in competitive districts," Becky Bond, the president of CREDO SuperPAC, told the Alley. "These are guys who can be beat, and we're in this to win."
But Bond also said "we'd shut down every Super PAC in a minute if we could" and CREDO supports efforts to repeal the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision. So how can a group that says Super PACs embody dirty politics then use one as a tool?
"The system's polluted, but we felt like we couldn't clean it up if we didn't jump into the mess and fight," Bond said.
CREDO reached out to its members before forming the committee and got a positive response, Bond said. The Super PAC is also going to be entirely transparent, she said, and rely mostly on small donations from thousands of activists.
The Super PAC plans to open offices in the 10 targeted lawmakers' districts in the next few months and will focus on a grassroots campaign. It's hiring organizers and relying on volunteers to protest at the representatives' office, go door-to-door in districts and seek out swing voters. The effort is not about supporting the Democratic candidates, but about taking down these Republicans, Bond said.