Stephen Colbert’s super PAC raises over $1 million
The disenchanted voters of America — or just those with a good sense of humor — aren’t simply getting their news from liberal Comedy Central comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, they’re sending their money, too. On Tuesday morning, Colbert (and formerly Stewart’s) satirical super PAC, “Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow,” announced that it had raised over $1 million, the New York Times reports. (GAME: Guess that super PAC!)
“Colbert Super PAC has brought in a staggering $1,023,121.24,” according to a press release on the PAC’s website. “We raised it on my show and used it to materially influence the elections — in full accordance with the law,” the statement quotes Colbert. “It’s the way our Founding Fathers would have wanted it, if they had founded corporations instead of just a country.”
The Times reports that donors to the super PAC include Democratic California Lieutenant Gov. Gavin Newsom ($500) and Rolling Stones cover band Sticky Fingers ($400). (RELATED: Colbert ad promises ‘merciless ad torrent’ to ‘destroy’ Gingrich, Romney)
Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow made national headlines when it ran television advertisements in the run-up to the South Carolina primary accusing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney of being a serial killer for dismantling corporations, which he (in)famously said “are people too, my friend.” (RELATED: New satirical ad in South Carolina suggests Mitt Romney may be a ‘serial killer’)
On the disclosure form the site says was submitted to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), Colbert is further quoted saying, “Yeah! How you like me now, F.E.C.? I’m rolling seven digits deep! I got 99 problems but a non-connected independent-expenditure only committee ain’t one!”
Control of the PAC was temporarily transferred to “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart while Colbert attempted to run in the South Carolina Republican primary under former presidential candidate Herman Cain’s name, which was still on the ballots.
But the American people can rest easy — by the time of the filing, the press release reported that Colbert was once again in control of the PAC: “After a decades-long battle that spanned nearly two weeks, Stephen Colbert has wrested control of Colbert Super PAC from the clutches of his arch-nemesis and dear friend, Jon Stewart.” (RELATED: Stephanopoulos pretends to give serious interview to pretend almost-candidate Colbert)