Stephen Colbert’s satirical run for America’s highest office raised some serious cash, according to The New York Times. Colbert’s Super PAC treasurer revealed on Tuesday that he raised $1,023,121.24 in donations, officially filing with the Federal Election Commission.
On the “Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow” website for his Super PAC, Colbert said, "We raised it on my show and used it to materially influence the elections – in full accordance with the law. It's the way our founding fathers would have wanted it, if they had founded corporations instead of just a country."
Colbert’s run, from the beginning, has pointed out the legal loopholes involving Super PACs. NPR noted that his actions focus on “what the comedian thinks are problems that arose from Supreme Court rulings that now allow corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money to overtly influence elections.”
In his FEC filing, Colbert wanted to be 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.”
Colbert’s Super PAC released an anti-Romney ad in South Carolina and promoted Herman Cain, who had already dropped out of the presidential race, possibly earning Cain the 6,000 votes he won in the primary.
On Colbert’s show last night, he said, “It’s a great day for transparency, because tomorrow voters in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida will finally have the vital information that would have been useful before they voted.”
Open Secrets revealed how Colbert's cash measured up to other Super PACs, showing that "Restore our Future," a pro-Mitt Romney Super PAC led the pack at more than $17 million. Super PACs supporting Rick Perry and Ron Paul had around $3 million, while the Super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich had $8.8 million.
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Here’s a clip from The Colbert Report: