E.W. Jackson Forms a PAC

E. W. Jackson, the preacher turned failed lt. governor candidate in Virginia, is doing what every failed Republican candidate seemingly does these days: Forming a Political Action Committee. It’s not clear what his PAC will actually do, however.

E.W. Jackson, the controversial GOP nominee for Virginia lieutenant governor who lost by 11 points, is not going away.

The African-American minister, who won an upset victory on the fourth ballot at a May nominating convention, announced plans at a Republican retreat here this weekend to launch a new political action committee called “Unite Virginia.”

Jackson, 61, said his new PAC will focus on a wide range of issues, from supporting school vouchers to restoring voting rights for non-violent felons to fighting against a change in the state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

This is what they all do — Sarah Palin, Allen West, Michele Bachmann. When they fail as candidates, they form a PAC so they can raise money and continue to get everything paid for. Those PACs rarely actually do much of anything. Palin’s PAC has done virtually nothing, spending less than $300,000 supporting candidates out of nearly $5 million raised. I don’t expect Jackson’s to be any different. Grifters gotta grift.

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  • illdoittomorrow

    Waitaminute… “restoring voting rights for non-violent felons”?

    Wouldn’t that make him Soft On Crime ™?

  • bobwoodruff

    Probably just looking ahead to the inevitable audit…and trial.

  • rabbitscribe

    #1 illdoittomorrow: Yes, that jumped out at me as well.

  • Artor

    I have mixed feelings about these PACs, On the one hand, they are obviously scams. On the other hand, they are fleecing Teabaggers and sending their money to singularly useless people who waste most of it.

  • Trebuchet

    Waitaminute… “restoring voting rights for non-violent felons”?

    Wouldn’t that make him Soft On Crime ™?

    HIs definition of “non-violent felons” probably includes child-raping pastors, abortion-clinic bombers, and band CEO’s.

  • Trebuchet

    Make that “BANK CEO’s”. Although “band CEO’s” strikes me kind of funny.

  • NitricAcid

    “Unite Virginia”? Is he trying to re-annex West Virginia?

  • cottonnero

    Nitric Acid #7: Kentucky used to be part of Virginia too, and the Virginia Colony claimed most of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin.