If you substitute political provocateur for wisecracking television host, a fake Super PAC with real money may not seem so charming. Every year, earnest news organizations like the one I work for set out to do serious work that pulls back the blankets on how money warps and distorts the political process.
“There is a hall-of-mirrors quality to what he is doing that is hilarious and very effective,” said Mark Feldstein, a professor of journalism who is about to begin teaching at the University of Maryland.
“He is taking advantage of loopholes to set up an organization that is not a legitimate political action committee, if there is such a thing, to make the point that the current system is a form of legalized bribery. Try making that point as a member of the mainstream media and holding on to your objectivity.”