Stephen Colbert Says His Super PAC Raised $1 Million
"I'm rolling seven digits deep!" is what Stephen Colbert told the Federal Election Commission in his super PAC's filing this morning.
The comedian said that as of January 30, his political action committee had collected $1,023,121.24 in donations.
This, of course, is all satire. "Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow," as the super PAC is known, was created to shed light 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. Colbert's super PAC spent a significant amount of money in South Carolina, promoting a vote for Herman Cain and running ads that, for example, linked Mitt Romney to a serial killer.
As Frank wrote in It's All Politics earlier this month, the super PAC could have had an effect on South Carolina, where Cain received more than 6,000 votes despite the fact that he suspended his campaign back in December. That was more than twice the number of votes Rick Perry received, even though he quit the campaign days before the vote.
Colbert announced his haul on his Super PAC's website last night.
"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, who, yesterday, wrestled control of the super PAC from fellow Comedy Central star Jon Stewart, said.
"Donors listed in the 147-page document include Gavin Newsom, the lieutenant governor of California ($500). A representative from Mr. Newsom's office confirmed in an e-mail that the lieutenant governor had in fact donated to the super PAC. Some celebrities' names also turned up in the filing, including the actors Laura Sangiacomo, star of 'Hot in Cleveland' ($250), and Bradley Whitford, a star of 'The West Wing' ($250) — naturally. Mr. Colbert also received money from a Rolling Stones tribute group called 'Sticky Fingers Band' ($400). None of these donors' contributions to the committee could be immediately confirmed.
"In addition to the super PAC's more notable donors, it also received small donations from several people with dubious identities, including one in Wisconsin whose name, when pronounced, makes an obscene phrase."
Also, yesterday, Colbert and Stewart batted around the idea of whether Colbert could influence his Super PAC. That's been a real issue during the campaign, when different candidates have disavowed political ads run by their respective Super PACs, but said federal law prohibits them from coordinating with them.
The filing says that the super PAC has $673,954 cash on hand. It's unclear how that money will be used.