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Super PACs: how a company that opposes them came to create one

CREDO Mobile, a cellphone company that describes itself as 'America’s only progressive phone company,' announced this week that it is mobilizing a super PAC to target tea party candidates.

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“This allows us to directly advocate for defeat of these [tea party] candidates, instead of talking about defeat of issues," she adds. "This is something we could not have done before Citizens United.” 

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The first six targets of the campaign include GOP freshmen Reps. Sean Duffy of Wisconsin, Allen West of Florida, Joe Walsh of Illinois, Frank Guinta of New Hampshire, and Chip Cravaack of Minnesota. Five-term Rep. Steve King (R) of Iowa, an early supporter of the tea party movement, is also included. They were chosen for a voting record that the CREDO super-PAC website characterizes as “anti-woman, anti-science, and downright racist” – and because the incumbents are running in districts where “grassroots activism can ensure their defeat.”

The aim is to use super-PAC seed money to establish grass-roots campaigns in 10 congressional districts with vulnerable, tea party-backed incumbents.  CREDO Mobile claims to have the second largest e-mail list of liberals outside of MoveOn.org. "Only Stephen Colbert’s satirical super PAC, Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow, has more individual contributions,” says Ms. Bond.  

“A normal super PAC will take money from the [Republican-affiliated] Koch brothers and spend millions on broadcast TV ads,” she says. “We’re going to take that money and spend it on creating a structure to help people get involved locally.”

“They’re going to have TV ads. We’re going to have a local organization set up.”

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