From Donald Trump’s Twitter feed, to the nonstop cable news coverage, the 2016 election has been nothing if not digital. For most of the country this has made politics inescapable, but not for the technology-averse Amish community, who are at a considerable remove from the election. But now, a brand new super PAC is trying change that. The aptly named Amish PAC calls itself “the first Super PAC dedicated to getting plain voters [using a common term referencing the Amish lifestyle] to the polls.”
Amish PAC’s co-founder, Ben Walters, said his group’s goal is to mobilize a previously untapped bloc of conservative voters for a general election fight against Hillary Clinton. The group is focused on the key swing states of Ohio and Pennsylvania, which are each home to about 60,000 Amish people.
Walters is not Amish, nor is Amish PAC’s treasurer and other co-founder Taylor Swindle. Walters lives in the Washington, DC, area and comes from the world of conservative political fundraising. Before creating Amish PAC, he fundraised for other causes such as the Republican National Committee, Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott’s 2010 campaign and Ben Carson’s former super PAC, The 2016 Committee.
The group has, however, hired an outreach director who is a former member of the Amish church, Ben King, and lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. In addition to working for Amish PAC, King is also the CEO of a business that builds Amish horse barns across the Northeast and in Florida.
Walters said in an interview that he started Amish PAC to reach out to this culturally isolated community, basically because no one else had tried it yet.