Thursday, June 30, 2011

Stephen Colbert Gets His Super PAC

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 11:30 AM

I really like Stephen Colbert, I think his show is quite funny, but I'm not sure whether to laugh or cry, now that he can raise and spend an unlimited amount of money in future elections with very few restrictions:

Colbert’s request was part of a long-running satire by the Comedy Central host poking fun at loosened campaign finance rules. But Colbert himself said very little during the hearing, leaving most of the talking up to his attorney, Trevor Potter, and to FEC commissioners.

Meaning there were almost no jokes at all.

“If we had viewed this as just a funny request, that would have been a lot easier,” said Ellen Weintraub, a Democratic FEC member.

The real parody came outside the FEC building, where Colbert began accepting donations from fans for the Colbert Super PAC.

“Some people have said, ‘Is this some kind of joke?’ ” Colbert told the crowd. “I for one don’t think participating in democracy is a joke.”

[...]

“Today we put liberty on lay-away,” he quipped in a series of one-liners to the throng.

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