A political action committee styled “Justice for Harambe PAC,” has officially registered with the Federal Election Commission.
The Harambe PAC is the first of its kind, and aspires to shape public discussion around the gorilla’s untimely death.
“The death of Harambe was one of the most tragic events to occur in the history of the nation,” the PAC’s founding president Ryan Hall told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “It is outrageous that any gorilla should have to fear for its life. Harambe is an icon of our generation and his tragic death sends the message to the entire nation that we need change.” Hall is a student at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
The committee is currently registered as a non-qualified PAC, a designation applied to new committees that have not been operating for at least six months, received contributions from 50 individuals, or given to at least five federal candidates. The FEC imposes lower limits for their contributions to candidates on such committees.
The group declined to register as a lobbying outfit, which will restrict their activities — primarily campaign work. Hall says he did not want the group to be a policy lobby. (RELATED: That Time George W. Bush Met Harambe’s Mom [PHOTOS])
Hall says the group will first rely on grassroots giving, but plans to pitch major donors in the near future.
“In the next few days we will start a kick-starter fund to give this organization funding from a variety of concerned small donors,” he told TheDCNF. “We will also reach out to the major corporate mega-donors that see the importance of the work we do to try to save this nation from the pain and loss of Harambe.”
The committee is a bipartisan front. Hall says the group will support candidates up and down the ballot who pledge commitment to the slain gorilla’s memory.
“We will judge and vet candidates by the extent to which their policy decisions will raise awareness of Harambe, his life, his story, and his impact on us as a united people,” he said.
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