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Colbert super PAC got $500 from California's Gavin Newsom [Updated]

January 31, 2012 |  1:51 pm

Stephen Colbert, comedian and satirist, disclosed Tuesday that his “super PAC,” Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow, had raised more than $1 million, and among those who ponied up was California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom.

[Updated: 2:33 p.m.] In a statement Tuesday, Newsom joked he was "hoping to get an Ambassadorship to Croatia out of" the contribution. "In all seriousness, I applaud Stephen Colbert exposing the absurdity of our current political financing system. I’m proud to support Colbert’s message with a donation. And I like his haircut."

Colbert filed a new financial report to the Federal Election Commission disclosing the million-dollar fund. In a letter to the panel accompanying the filing, the PAC’s treasurer, Shauna Polk, quoted Colbert as saying,“How you like me now, FEC? I'm rolling seven digits deep!”

Newsom chipped in $500 for Colbert’s cause.

Colbert has used the PAC to draw attention to the nation’s campaign finance laws, which he has mocked for months on his Comedy Central show "The Colbert Report." He has used the show to solicit donations to the PAC.

“We raised it on my show and used it to materially influence the elections — in full accordance with the law,” Colbert said in a news release.

“It’s the way our founding fathers would have wanted it, if they had founded corporations instead of just a country.”


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