Stephen Colbert heads to the FEC for a Super PAC.
Colbert appeared at the Federal Election Commission in Washington Friday afternoon seeking permission to use his show to promote the PAC, the joke took on the contours of an actual political cause – exposing what he sees as the ridiculousness of the nation’s loophole-ridden system regulating money in politics.
In a speech to a crowd of several hundred fans gathered outside the commission’s offices – including an activist in a panda costume – Colbert explained his move was motivated by his belief in “the American dream. And that dream is simple. That anyone, no matter who they are, if they are determined, if they are willing to work hard enough, someday they could grow up to create a legal entity which could then receive unlimited corporate funds, which could be used to influence our elections.”
Yet the stunt could have real – and potentially broad – implications in the world of campaign finance, not just for the comedian’s as-yet-unformed political committee “Colbert Super PAC.”
Democrats and advocates for stricter campaign finance rules hope “the Colbert bump” – the comedian’s term for popularity boosts he asserts politicians receive after they appear or are featured on his show – carries over to the Democratic push to blunt the impact of the Supreme Court’s January 2010 decision in Citizens United vs. FEC.
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