If you didn’t believe in the power of fake punditry, then the disclosure forms filed last night by Stephen Colbert and his Colbert Super PAC may make you think otherwise. According to the filing, the Super PAC, officially named “Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow,” has raised just over one million dollars to date.
In the memo the Super PAC sent to the Federal Election Commission along with the disclosure forms, their treasurer, Shauna Polk, quoted Colbert 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!”
The exact total was $1,023,121.24, and in a press release on the PAC’s website, Colbert explains that “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.”
The Super PAC has used some of the money to buy ad time in primary states, but they still have almost $675,000 of the money left in cash, according to the forms. So there seem to be a lot more funny ads — or a Super PAC-owned Ferrari — left to be purchased. And the money is still coming in.
Last night, Colbert finally wrested control of the Super PAC and its money away from Jon Stewart, whom he gave it to when he tried to run in the South Carolina primary. The ensuing Tom-and-Jerry-esque chase started at the end of “The Daily Show” and stretched to the opening of “The Colbert Report,” with Stewart throwing obstacles like a bottle of water and thumb tacks in Colbert’s way, the two admiring their parkouring stunt doubles, and Stewart hiding in plain sight on the set of “The View”.
Watch the chase begin on “The Daily Show”…
… And watch it end on “The Colbert Report”: