PATASKALA, Ohio – A group of Ohio students who started an anti-Hillary Clinton super PAC in their government class were forced to can their creation after a visit from federal officials.
“We all try to be good students and this is not reflecting positively on us, so I hope you understand,” one of the students wrote in response to Cleveland.com’s request for comment about the super PAC “Killary Clinton.”
The Pataskala, Ohio junior and two classmates were inspired to launch the PAC after another student, 17-year-old Cory Steer, started his own super PAC called “Better America for Tomorrow” to support Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio.
“We thought it was cool so we just talked about it,” one of the students, who were not identified, told the news site.
The students filed their paperwork with the Federal Election Commission Nov. 17 for the PAC “Killary Clinton” because their focus was on criticizing the former Secretary of State.
“We just did it for the heck of it,” the student said.
The teens also set up a Twitter account to get their message out, and their efforts quickly gained attention.
“The Department of Homeland Security, which is the umbrella department over the Secret Service, came to Pataskala and asked questions,” Cleveland.com Washington Bureau Chief Stephen Koff wrote. “Its inquiry seems to have been along the lines of ‘just checking it out,’ although a spokeswoman said the department probably would not be able to answer more specific questions (and has not responded to those questions).”
Koff added that the students’ government teacher and principal both ignored requests to discuss the issue. He alleges the principal also spoke with students and “just wanted to make sure his school and students weren’t doing anything improper.”
Koff communicated with at least one of the students – as well as an unnamed source he contends is not one of the students – but alleges “a summons to the principal’s office triggered the end of external communication about the PAC.”
The odd news story closed with Koff’s take on the situation.
“Cleveland.com is not naming the students. They have learned a lot – about government, about words and names, and about politics – nationally and at the school level,” he wrote. “Word in Pataskala is that the students are not in any real trouble. They just ruffled some feathers.”
A simple Google search reveals that numerous Facebook, Instagram and other social media pages, as well as a YouTube video, use the “Killary Clinton” moniker.
Koff also pointed out that “another PAC was set up in Las Vegas called ‘It’s about Killary,’ although the founder told the FEC in a filing that “Killary is a fictional character.”