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Campaigning Cats and Super PACS

October 19, 2012
You know what politics needs more of? Cats.

Hank the Cat, who is running for Senate in Virginia in a race that includes humans George Allen and Tim Kaine, "wrote" this editorial for Huffington Post, giving a glimpse into what life is like for a Maine Coon breed cat on the campaign trail. An excerpt:

My small step in Virginia has created wakes around the world -- Bublik, a small kitten in the Urals running for office, Tuxedo Stan for mayor in Halifax, and countless other dogs and cats considering a political career. American pets -- and their owners -- are sick of politics as usual, and are willing to do whatever is necessary to fix the corruption, lobbying, and corporate control of Congress. Despite this progress across the world, the State Board of Elections in Virginia denied me ballot access, so ours will be the most successful write-in campaign since Strom Thurmond won his in 1954.
Hank isn't the only cat to venture into politics. There's the My Cat Xavier for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow super PAC, started in part to promote cat-related causes and "to point out the ridiculousness of unlimited donations given to politicians, their movements and campaigns," founder Anna Hornberger told us this summer.

So is anyone donating to these cats? Turns out, yes. Hank notes that his campaign has raised and donated about $15,000 to animal rescue groups. While it's not a match for the $4.3 million in outside funds that have been poured into the Allen vs. Kaine contest, it's something.

But it hasn't been a walk in the park for Hank (plus, it's weird to walk your cat in the park). The dog-leaning Canines For A Feline Free Tomorrow Super PAC had released a series of attack ads blasting Hank. This super PAC doesn't seem to be officially registered with the Federal Election Commission, but take a look at one of their ads. If they did this with no money, imagine what they could do with money.


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