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Top 6 Ways Stephen Colbert Could Spend His Super PAC Cash

Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Stephen Colbert's got money in the bank. Or rather the comedian's super PAC has cash in its coffers.

Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow's war chest is rolling $768,000 deep, according to the latest financial disclosure reports. And while the stream of donations has slowed to a trickle -- the PAC pulled in a mere $8,000 in May -- its three-quarters-of-a-million-dollars stockpile could still cause some hilarity between now and November.

If Colbert's past PAC-related antics are any inspiration, here's what Colbert may do with that $768,000 over the next five months of the 2012 election.

1.) Team up with bygone candidates to make increasingly odd ads

2.) Become the official sponsor of the 2012 general election

3.) Make more corn porn - run a Colbert super PAC ad before the Iowa's Ames Straw poll

4.) Launch a last-ditch effort to take over the White House

5.) Throw cold, hard cash at people

6.) Set up a legal defense fund for bribery he might some day commit

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Michelle Obama to Appear on 'The Colbert Report'

Leon Neal/WPA POOL/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- For the first time since becoming first lady, Michelle Obama will appear on The Colbert Report.

"We are honored that the First Lady is joining us and I trust that the feeling is mutual," said host Stephen Colbert.

Mrs. Obama will speak on the first anniversary of her Joining Forces initiative that supports veterans and military families.  The first time she sat on Colbert's couch was in 2008 during his Pennsylvania Democratic primary coverage.

Mrs. Obama is set to appear on Wednesday, April 11 at 11:30 PM ET/PT.

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Stephen Colbert Addresses Absence from ‘The Colbert Report’

Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Stephen Colbert hinted on his show Monday that the reason for the program’s unexpected hiatus last week was so the comedian could be with his mother, while he insinuated that the 91-year-old’s health is improving.

Two tapings of Comedy Central’s nightly satirical news wrap The Colbert Report were suddenly cancelled last week, quickly prompting speculation about the reason why.  Rumors ranging from the death of Colbert’s mother to a late-entry presidential bid for the comic tore across the Internet.

Colbert’s comments on his show Monday seemed to shoot down all gossip.  The comic even included a dig at fellow comedian Joan Rivers -- who made a gag that he was having plastic surgery -- as he joked he was not having his eyes done, but was actually having work done on his backside.  He also addressed the rumors of a presidential run.

“Some people said that my show was canceled by the Federal Communications Commission at the request of the Federal Election Commission because I was about to announce my presidential candidacy,” Colbert said to applause.  “Not gonna happen.”

“Oh, and one more thing,” he added.  “Evidently, having 11 children makes you tough as nails.  Confidential to a lovely lady,” Colbert said, giving a salute.

Little is known about the current health of Colbert’s mother, Lorna, but Colbert is one of 11 siblings.  The comedian’s father and two of his brothers were killed in a plane crash in 1974 when he was 10 years old.

Colbert had tweeted on Friday: “My family and I would like to thank everyone who has offered their thoughts and prayers.  We are grateful and touched by your concern.”

Last week marked the first time The Colbert Report had ever suspended production, according to comedy news blog the Beat.

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The Colbert Report to Return 

Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Stephen Colbert will resume taping new episodes of his political satire show Monday.  The comedian mysteriously suspended production last Wednesday.

Comedy Central and Colbert have not commented on the reason for the hiatus, but Colbert tweeted on Friday: “My family and I would like to thank everyone who has offered their thoughts and prayers. We are grateful and touched by your concern.”

On Wednesday morning, the show promoted what would have been on that night’s program.

“Watch Stephen help shape the message of Colbert Super PAC with the help of political strategist Frank Luntz,” read the last tweet from the Colbert Report Twitter account, suggesting the cancellation was sudden.

This marked the first time The Colbert Report had ever suspended production, according to comedy news blog the Beat.

Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, from which the Colbert was spun off, has canceled production only twice, once after the death of a staff member, and once when host Jon Stewart became a father.

Other guests slated to appear on the show this week include Nancy Pelosi, Placido Domingo and author Robert Kagan.

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'Colbert Report' Production Temporarily Suspended; Reason Unknown

Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- For as-yet-undetermined reasons, Comedy Central's politics-spoofing show The Colbert Report suspended taping for at least two shows this week.

A repeat unexpectedly ran Wednesday evening, and fans can expect the same to happen Thursday night as well, the network confirmed to ABC News Radio. Comedy Central attributed the situation to "unforeseen circumstances."

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SuperPAC Satire: Colbert Tells ABC About Faux Run

Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Running for president is hard work. But for comedian Stephen Colbert, who announced his plans to "explore" a presidential bid in South Carolina earlier this week, it's not the long hours of campaigning or the intense public scrutiny that weighed against his decision to run, it was giving up control of his Super PAC.

"To do this exploratory committee, I had to give away my Super PAC," Colbert told ABC's George Stephanopoulos in an exclusive interview Sunday morning on "This Week." "That's my baby. Do you know how hard it is to give away a baby? Now imagine if that baby had a whole lot of money. Imagine how much harder that would be to give away."

Colbert is using his faux bid for the White House to draw attention to new campaign finance laws that allow unnamed donors to pour unlimited funds into super PACs, which can spend that money to support political candidates as long as they do not directly coordinate with a candidate.

"Why would you worry about what money is doing to the political process?" Colbert said, a twinge of sarcasm in his voice. "There are $11.2 million worth of ads being run in South Carolina. That just means more speech than ever before in South Carolina."

Colbert's Super PAC, which was re-named The Definitely Not Coordinated With Stephen Colbert Super PAC after Colbert announced his exploratory committee, launched an ad in South Carolina this week labeling Mitt Romney a "serial killer."

The Colbert ad is an obvious spoof of anti-Romney ads being run by the pro-Newt Gingrich super PAC in the Palmetto State. Gingrich has said any untrue statements should be removed from the ad, but, because the PAC does not coordinate with Gingrich, they have refused to re-edit the ads, which some say stretch the truth about Romney's time at Bain Capital.

Colbert took a similar tone, saying he had "nothing to do" with the "serial killer" ads.

"I am not calling anyone a serial killer," Colbert said. "That's not my super PAC."

Colbert handed the reins of his PAC over to fellow comedian Jon Stewart earlier this week.

Colbert emphasized that he has not launched a campaign for president, but merely an exploratory committee to find out "if there is a hunger for a Stephen Colbert campaign."

"I'm exploring right now," he said. "I'm like one man Louis and Clark and I'm looking for my Sacagawea."

Colbert has dipped his toe into the Republican primary process multiple times this year.

After the South Carolina Republican Party reported having trouble financing their primary in December, Colbert offered to buy the state's primary for $500,000 from his super PAC, an offer the party declined. In exchange for the funds Colbert said he wanted to re-name the primary "The Stephen Colbert Super PAC South Carolina Primary."

The comedian also attempted to host his own GOP debate, saying on his Facebook page that there was "a giant, ego-shaped hole in the Republican primaries" after Donald Trump pulled out of moderating a Newsmax debate.

"Stephen is from South Carolina and he's going to do what he's going to do," Moore said. "He's in the business of comedy and he's from South Carolina so it's no surprise he wants to be involved here."

Colbert grabbed headlines in June when a Federal Elections Committee panel approved his Super PAC, which can collect and spend unlimited funds, and ruled that he could promote the PAC on his Comedy Central show.

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Stephen Colbert Offers to Buy South Carolina Primary

Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty Images(NEW  YORK) -- When someone called the South Carolina GOP offering a half million dollars to help finance the state’s Republican presidential primary, state party officials must have thought the offer was too good to be true, and they were right.

That potential donor was comedian Stephan Colbert who, although reportedly serious about donating the money, demanded the primary’s naming rights in exchange.

“I can’t offer that kind of no-strings-attached-money without getting something in return,” Colbert wrote in an op-ed in South Carolina’s  State newspaper published  Thursday.  “I told them I wanted the naming rights to the primary, and a nonbinding referendum on the ballot.”
Colbert’s offer came after reports that the Republican Party was struggling to raise the funds needed to conduct its South Carolina primary.  As Colbert wrote in his op-ed, “Enter Colbert Super PAC.”

“The counties need the money, and Colbert Super PAC wants to give it to you; call it a Christmas Miracle,” the comedian wrote.  “Let’s put this late unpleasantness behind us and, in 2012, hold the greatest primary of all time.”

Colbert proposed that the Republican Party’s primary in his home state of South Carolina be named “The Colbert Super PAC South Carolina Republican Primary.”

Earlier this month, Colbert launched a campaign to host a Republican presidential debate in South Carolina. 

“Ever since Donald Trump dropped out of his own debate,” Colbert posted on his show’s Facebook page, “there has been a giant, ego-shaped hole in the Republican primaries.”

National Geographic Wild and Cesar Millan, the Dog whisperer, later agreed to host the debate with Colbert.  Colbert proposed that the debate be called the Serious, Classy Republican Debate.

Colbert also grabbed headlines last summer when he formed his own Super PAC, which he described in his recent op-ed as “a political action committee that can receive unlimited funds to spend on political speech in unlimited quantities.”

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Stephen Colbert Breaks Character, Tells LGBT Teens 'It Gets Better'

Mike Coppola/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Stephen Colbert is the latest celebrity to tell lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth “It Gets Better.”

In a rare public move, Colbert breaks character in this video, and tells viewers he was frequently bullied as a teenager.

“I was called queer a lot,” Colbert said. Queer, he adds, was a common “weapon” used by bullies when he was younger. “This was the most hurtful thing, I think, that the bullies could think of calling you.”

The It Gets Better Project launched last September and in addition to a host of showbiz personalities, President Obama, a group of Democratic senators, Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton and the Chicago Cubs have all uploaded videos. The project aims to prevent suicide among bullied lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth.

Colbert's message does come just in time for the official repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and the first weekend same-sex marriages are legal in New York. His video was uploaded to the project’s web site Wednesday.

The comedian tells viewers about a friend who simultaneously reclaimed the word queer, and disempowered his bully.

“If you can, realize that the things people say about you don’t really matter,” said Colbert.

“It gets better,” Colbert adds. “And people get nicer, too.”

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