In late March, Stephen Colbert expanded his super PAC experiment, admonishing his late-night viewers to start organizations of their own on college campuses across America. They listened, and now the Federal Election Commission’s roster of approved super PACs is filled with groups registered to addresses in college towns. Danny Ben-David, a freshman at MIT, was one of the first to get in on the craze, after winning approval for his Why Not ZoidPAC? in March. “I was just sitting in my dorm room one night and said ‘oh hell, why not?’ It was almost frustratingly easy,” Ben-David said.
The physics major said the whole process took just a few hours, and that the trickiest part was opening a bank account to accept funds, an FEC requirement. “It cost no more than a 44 cent stamp and 5 pieces of paper,” said Ben-David, who according to FEC documents is the president and grand poobah of the super PAC. “Although I did call the FEC to make sure the question mark was okay,” he added.