Backers Of Extraterrestrial PAC
- It May Seem Spacey, But Backers Of Extraterrestrial PAC
GANNETT NEWS SERVICE
WASHINGTON -- E.T., phone your lobbyist.
Just when it seems like everyone on Earth has their own political
committee, along comes a PAC representing extraterrestrials -- or at
human beings who believe in them.
Its called X-PPAC -- short for Extraterrestrial Phenomena
Committee -- and it has raised about $1,000 since its creation in
The PAC's founder said the money would be used to lobby lawmakers
have congressional hearings on whether federal bureaucrats have
evidence of UFOs and alien activity.
"In Washington, no one takes your issue seriously unless you have
lobbyist, a PAC and press clippings," says Stephen Bassett, treasurer
X-PPAC and the only federally-registered UFO lobbyist in America. "My
is to make sure we have all those things."
Bassett, a former business consultant, hopes these trappings will
convince members of Congress that "it's time to stop treating this
it's the crazy aunt in the attic."
It's not a bad strategy, says Paul Hendrie, spokesman for the
Responsive Politics, a nonprofit group that studies the influence of
interests on Congress.
"If they have money to give, I'm sure they'll find takers for it,"
laughing. "Political candidates will take money from just about
Bassett hopes the money will gain him a greater audience in
In 3 1/2 years lobbying for a variety of organizations, Bassett
has met with
only three members of Congress. He won't name them.
"It's a verboten subject. They're so afraid of the ridicule," he