How Stephen Colbert Got His Super-PAC Back (And $1 Million)
Stephen Colbert is back, and once more running the PAC.
The Comedy Central "Colbert Report" host not only announced Tuesday morning on his official website for the former Definitely Not Coordinating With Stephen Colbert Super PAC (possibly soon to be called the "John Colbert Cougar Super MellenPAC") that Colbert Nation has allegedly raised $1,023,121.24, but also released 147-page document disclosing donor names and contributions.
Signed by Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow treasurer Shauna Polk on the eve of the Federal Election Commission's financial-disclosure report deadline for Super PACs, the lengthy disclosure includes a Colbert quote telling FEC officials "Yeah! How you like me now, FEC? I'm rolling seven digits deep! I got 99 problems but a non-connected independent-expenditure only committee ain't one!"
Polk notes for the record that "[she] advised Mr. Colbert against including that quote" concerning what Colbert himself described on the Super PAC website as "a number far above 'one,' 'three,' 'five' or even 'many'," as he claims his "accountant" described the contributions' sum.
"We raised in on my show and used it to materially influence the elections - in full accordance with the law," Colbert wrote on the website. "It's the way our founding fathers would have wanted it, if they had founded corporations instead of just a country."
America, folks: we couldn't make this s*** up if we tried. And to dip a toe into political commentary just a moment, Colbert's satire of unprecedented, barely restrained campaign finance is only slightly less absurd than people actually thinking this concept would actually assist the electoral system.
Finally, check out this video below depicting Colbert officially retaking his Super PAC's reins from friend and "The Daily Show" counterpart Jon Stewart.