Stephen Colbert’s Joke Super PAC Tops $1 Million
Stephen Colbert's super PAC, Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow, has raised a little over a million dollars.
Stephen Colbert’s super PAC, Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow, has raised a little over a million dollars.
Politico (“Stephen Colbert’s FEC report: Big money!“):
Between July 1 and Dec. 31, Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow collected more than $825,400, ending the year with nearly $674,000 cash on hand, according to disclosures filed over night with the Federal Election Commission.
n an accompanying memo to the Federal Election Commission, Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow Treasurer Shauna Polk noted that the super PAC raised had raised $1,023,121 as of Monday.
Then, Polk offered an unconventional statement. “Stephen Colbert, President of ABTT, has asked that I quote him as 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!'” Polk wrote, adding, “I would like it noted for the record that I advised Mr. Colbert against including that quote.”
Colbert has made forming a super PAC — then operating it, handing it over to fellow comic Jon Stewart, then stealing it back after flirting with a presidential run in South Carolina — a centerpiece of his nightly Comedy Central show, “The Colbert Report.”
It’s been a rather amusing bit, highlighting the absurdity of the rules governing the process–rules which are now quite literally a joke. To the extent that he’s trying to demonstrate that Citizens United gives corporations too much influence on the process, though, it’s not at all clear he’s succeeding. It’s not as if his joke ads are having meaningful impact on the race, even though he’s spent a significant amount of money running them.