In the wake of the 2010 Citizens United ruling, political action committees that do not directly make contributions to political candidates were granted unlimited fundraising power. The super PAC was born. Now, after years of corporate donations and televised attack ads, there's a new super PAC in town: Hall and Oates Fans for America.
If the super PAC's name sounds extremely odd, then good. That's exactly what its co-founders, William Hansmann and Anthony Schuch, intended. The two, who work as waiters at Atlanta's Two Urban Licks restaurant, intended the organization to skewer the current political climate, especially the Republican Party under Mitt Romney and the anonymous super PACs that support him. They just happen to be big Hall and Oates fans as well.
"I find it really unfortunate that Republicans tend to play such hardball and with very little response form the Democratic side," Hansmann told The Atlantic. "Why, with the exception of a couple comics, out there are people not going after some of these guys?"
While Hansmann refers to himself as a "card-carrying" libertarian in the Atlantic interview, he sees the current direction of the Republican Party as self-destructive and harmful to the country. His committee isn't planning on campaigning for President Barack Obama, just skewering Romney and the "ridiculously ambiguous" super PACs behind him.
Though the super PAC, officially recognized by the Federal Election Commission on Aug. 20, is named after the '80s pop superstars, Hall and Oates themselves have not yet made a comment on the committee. Perhaps they could appear in its ads?
The humorous nature of their super PAC immediately brings to mind of Stephen Colbert's own attempt to mock the Citizens United ruling, his poltical action committe Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow (better known as the Colbert Super PAC). Colbert has raised well over $1 million with his comittee, which has produced ads attacking Texas Gov. Rick Perry and has attempted to elect Colbert "President of the United States of South Carolina."
One of the hardest parts of forming a Hall-and-Oates-based political action committee? Choosing the songs.
"We had a hard time deciding which Hall and Oates song we would choose" for their videos, Hansmann told The Atlantic. "It's like they could see into this election and Romney: 'Out of Touch,' 'I Can't Go For That,' 'Rich Girl.'"
Some feedback for Hensman and Scurch? Definitely run with "I Can't Go For That." If you need a refresher, the (excellent) music video is embedded below.