DeKALB – Tom Sherman wants to know what politicians think about the government’s role in a zombie apocalypse when – nay, if – it happens.
Sherman, a 44-year-old DeKalb resident, established the Zombie Apocalypse Super PAC, a nonpartisan political action committee dedicated to asking one, and only one, hard-hitting question – “the most important question,” according to the super PAC’s website – of current politicians and candidates for next year’s election.
The question: “What role does government have in the zombie apocalypse?”
“I’d be interested in knowing what our elected officials would do in a zombie apocalypse,” Sherman said. “Our intention is to get those answers and post them.”
“We’ve written senators already,” Sherman added. “We’re waiting for responses from everybody.”
The super PAC only has been up and running for a couple of weeks, Sherman said, and it is comprised of his family and friends.
It has only received one donation so far, and it “wasn’t much,” Sherman said.
A super PAC is an independent political action committee that can raise unlimited sums of money from corporations, unions and individuals, but can’t contribute directly to parties or candidates. The groups also can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money for political purposes outside of political campaigns.
They’ve also been the source of controversy.
The head of a pro-Rand Paul super PAC recently was indicted in 2012 for campaign finance violations.
As of now, the Zombie Apocalypse Super PAC doesn’t need to report to the Federal Election Commission because “they haven’t gotten that high yet” in monetary levels, or met other criteria, Sherman said.
“There are certainly thresholds you have to meet before you’re there,” Sherman said, “and we’re not there yet.”
Sherman stressed two aspects of the Zombie Apocalypse Super PAC. First, it’s nonpartisan, and second, it’s really a send-up of the whole super PAC institution.
Kind of like Stephen Colbert’s Super PAC.
“This is really a tongue-in-cheek thing. We’re having fun with it,” Sherman said. “I think it has a legitimate shot. It’s a fun thing we’re doing, and we’re seeing where it goes.”
Sherman – who declined to say on record what he does for a living – said he got the idea after listening to an NPR report on super PACs, which are making more headlines in the run up to the 2016 presidential election.
An article Sherman read regarding former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee also annoyed him, Sherman said.
On June 22, the organization filed an assumed name notice with the DeKalb County Clerk’s Office. The public notice appeared July 9 in the Daily Chronicle.
County Clerk and Recorder Doug Johnson said when a new business is filing, the only questions asked are the name and nature of the business, its address and who the owner is.
Sherman said he personally doesn’t believe in a zombie apocalypse, but this isn’t about what he thinks – it’s about what the local, state and national leaders think.
“Zombies are just fun, but you never know,” Sherman said. “It could be a metaphor indicative of sorts of catastrophes that could befall our country.”
To watch videos, read more or to donate to the DeKalb-based Zombie Apocalypse Super PAC, visit zombieapocalypsesuperpac.com.