Colbert-Inspired Super PACs Break Out Nationwide

Stephen Colbert's PAC motivates America's college students

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted May 21, 2012 5:13 PM CDT

(Newser) – Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow, has spawned a new breed of nutty super PAC imitators, CNN reports. College students inspired by Stephen Colbert's super PAC experiment are finding that a stamp and a few pieces of paper suffice to start a political action committee. "I was just sitting in my dorm room one night and said, 'Oh hell, why not?'" said MIT freshman Danny Ben-David. "It was almost frustratingly easy."

Among the new super PACs: Cats For a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow, which will honor top donors as "fat cats," and Americans For a Better Tomorrow, Yesterday, which supports candidates in favor of time travel. With titles like Coordinator for Non-Coordination, and lemonade stands seeking donations, it's mostly a gag—but not only. "I find it amazing that anyone can do this," said Ben-David. "It's ridiculous. The whole system is really rather sad and degrading to the political process."

Stephen Colbert signs autographs for fans at the Third Man Records Rolling Record Store at The Lot at The High Line on June 24, 2011 in New York City.
Stephen Colbert signs autographs for fans at the Third Man Records Rolling Record Store at The Lot at The High Line on June 24, 2011 in New York City.   (Getty Images)
FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2010 file photo, TV personality Stephen Colbert, host of The Colbert Report, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the House Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security and International Law subcommittee hearing on Protecting America's Harvest.
FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2010 file photo, TV personality Stephen Colbert, host of "The Colbert Report," testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the House Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border...   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, file)
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