Colbert: How I Spent $773K in Super PAC Cash
It went to charity. It's what Ham Rove would have wanted
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2012 6:29 AM CST
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(Newser) – Legally, Stephen Colbert doesn't have to tell you what happened to the funds his super PAC raised, but last night he went ahead and did so anyway. Turns out the $773,704.83 was "anonymously" donated to the Ham Rove Memorial Fund, of which Colbert is, of course, a board member. (Ham Rove—a ham wearing Karl Rove-like glasses—was the super PAC's "chief strategist and principal lunch meat," but sadly he came to an untimely end last month.) The Memorial Fund, in turn, decided to split up the money between a few deserving charities.

Three charities helping victims of superstorm Sandy are getting $125,000 each; another $125,000 is going to the Yellow Ribbon Fund, which helps injured service members. The rest of the money is being divided between two groups fighting for transparency in politics and campaign finance reform: the Center for Responsive Politics and the Campaign Legal Center. Of course, now the Center for Responsive Politics has a conference room named "The Colbert Super PAC Memorial Conference Room," and the Campaign Legal Center has one called "The Ham Rove Memorial Conference Room."

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Dec 14, 2012 1:57 PM CST
Still think Colbert is reincarnated Mark Twain, and he is having a huge laugh at America...
Dec 14, 2012 12:34 PM CST
OK so now that we all know how rigged this whole super pac election scam is, what is going to be done to fix it? Nice Colbert publicized this for all to see, but is it going to be business as usual or will our law makers address this? It's really sad that a comedian exposed this flaw as a joke and our serious news journalist are practically ignoring this fact, humming while fingers are in their ears. There is a huge segment of the country that doesn't know or recognize the significance of the election cycle and fundraising or where the money goes. Will change ever happen. Will we make our future better tomorrow, tomorrow?
Dec 14, 2012 12:03 PM CST
Colbert: Genius! and Hilarious! HaHaHa. Finally, TV gets a little smarter.