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Friday
Feb082013

Pelosi to ‘Interview’ Stephen Colbert at House Dem Retreat

Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will “interview” Stephen Colbert in front of the full House Democratic Caucus at their retreat in Leesburg, Va., on Friday, multiple Democratic sources confirm.

The appearance, first reported by Politico, is closed to all reporters covering the retreat and Colbert is not expected to talk with the media at any point either.

The comedian is taping the interview for his show, The Colbert Report, which airs on Comedy Central.

President Bill Clinton will also deliver a keynote address Friday morning, which will be closed to the media.

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Friday
Dec142012

Stephen Colbert to Donate Super PAC Money to Charity and Nonprofits

Mike Coppola/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Stephen Colbert did his part in 2012 to make super PACs something to talk about, even going so far as to create his own super PAC,  Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow.

Colbert’s PAC got a lot of attention.  It raised awareness about loosened campaign finance laws after the Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizen’s United case, along with some actual money, which Colbert announced on his talk show that he plans to donate to charity.

Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow had about $800,000 left in its coffers when the group filed its termination report with the Federal Elections Commission in November.  On Thursday, Colbert announced he planned to donate $125,000 to three organizations working toward Superstorm Sandy relief: Habitat for Humanity, Team Rubicon’s Sandy outreach and DonorsChoose.org’s Sandy relief fund.

The remaining money will be split between the Yellow Ribbon Fund, an organization that assists injured veterans and their families, and two nonprofit groups that focus on transparency and campaign finance reform -- the Campaign Legal Center and the Center for Responsive Politics.

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Monday
Dec102012

Automated Poll Says Colbert, Tim Scott Favorites for South Carolina Senate Seat

Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Tim Scott tops the list of candidates Republicans expect to see in South Carolina’s Senate seat this spring, but at least one poll found voters holding out hope for a wholly different personality.

Automated phone pollster Public Policy Polling released a poll Monday saying comedian Stephen Colbert is South Carolina’s favorite to take Jim DeMint’s seat in the Senate.

Rumors about Colbert’s candidacy for the spot circulated last week when a Twitter account with the handle @ColbertforSC cropped up, amassing more than 3,000 followers in its first day of existence.

On his show Thursday, Colbert added fuel to the fire by suggesting fans tweet to Republican Gov. Nikki Haley, telling her why Colbert should be South Carolina’s next senator.

But @ColbertforSC, which says it is not affiliated with the comedian or his show on its website, fell silent over the weekend, without explanation.

Perhaps it’s because Haley put what would seem to be an end to the comedian’s campaign Friday with a post on Facebook, declaring Colbert made a “big, big mistake” when he forgot South Carolina’s state drink while interviewing on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report.”

But soon after Monday’s poll was released, @ColbertforSC started up again.

Next behind Colbert in the poll was Rep. Tim Scott, R-S.C., the man who South Carolina Republican sources say is a favorite among the people of the state.  ABC News reported Scott was most likely to take fellow Tea Party Republican DeMint’s spot after DeMint announced he was leaving the Senate to lead conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation.

Scott would be a unique pick for South Carolina, because he would be the first African-American senator from the Southern state, appointed by an Indian-American governor, no less.

South Carolinian newspaper The State suggested Reps. Mick Mulvaney and Trey Gowdy might also have a shot at the seat. They received five percent and 12 percent of voters polled respectively in the PPP survey. Another well-known name on that list was Mark Sanford -- the former S.C. governor who lied about hiking the Appalachian trail to visit his extramarital lover in Argentina. His wife, Jenny Sanford, was on the list, too, and beat her husband among South Carolinians polled.

But ultimately, the choice will be up to Haley, and she’s not ready to throw it away.

“As I continue to consider the impending Senate vacancy, many have discussed the possibility of a ‘placeholder’ appointee who would pledge to serve for only two years and not seek election to the seat in 2014,” Haley wrote in a statement released Monday. “While there are some good arguments in favor of that approach, I believe the better case is against it.”

The South Carolinian governor said she wanted a senator who would, “work hard day in and day out,” without worrying about an approaching election.

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Friday
Dec072012

Nikki Haley Shoots Down Stephen Colbert for Senate

Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty Images(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley may have brought Stephen Colbert’s Senate candidacy to a halt with the click of a button.

Rumors that the comedian was seeking the Senate spot left open by Sen. Jim DeMint’s departure circulated Thursday, after a Twitter account with the handle @ColbertforSC cropped up. Within a day, the account had more than 3,000 followers.

Just after noon on Friday, Gov. Haley made a post on Facebook that left little hope for Colbert.

“Stephen, thank you for your interest in South Carolina’s U.S. Senate seat and for the thousands of tweets you and your fans sent me. But you forget one thing, my friend. You didn’t know our state drink. Big, big mistake,” Haley wrote, linking to a clip of her appearance on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,” in which Colbert forgot the state drink was milk.

Many in the Twitterverse were excited about a possible Senator Colbert. Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean even tweeted his endorsement.

But the authenticity of the Colbert account was questionable. The Twitter bio linked to a site that said it was not affiliated with Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert. And Colbert’s spokespeople never outright owned up to creating it.

“Now folks, I’m not going to sit here and say, I should be South Carolina’s next senator,” Colbert told his audience on “The Colbert Report” Thursday night. “Not when so many other people are saying it for me.”

Colbert encouraged viewers to tweet the South Carolina governor reasons she should appoint him to the U.S. Senate. Many did just that, even after the governor posted her Facebook denial.

“Hey @nikkihaley to be fair milk is super boring -- moonshine would probably be more apropos for S Carolina,” @JasonKerepesi tweeted Friday afternoon. “Appoint Stephen!!”

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Friday
Dec072012

Stephen Colbert Hints at South Carolina Senate Run

Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Is Stephen Colbert seeking Jim DeMint’s Senate seat in South Carolina?

You might think so looking at the @ColbertForSC Twitter account, created Thursday, shortly after DeMint announced his intent to resign and take a position at the Heritage Foundation.

The Twitter account featured a photo of the comedian saluting on a background of an American flag.  Its first tweets Thursday were all facts about the state, including the state butterfly and state horse.

The tone matched Colbert’s usual snark, entitlement and knack for referencing hilarious moments in political history.

“Nation!” @ColbertForSC tweeted.  “I want to get this out of the way early.  I’m not a witch.  I’m you.  We clear, people?”

But in the Twitter bio, it linked to colbertforsenate.com, a website that said it was a draft petition “not affiliated with Stephen Colbert.”

A Colbert candidacy might not be as far-fetched as it seems.

“Stephen is honored by the groundswell of support from the Palmetto State and looks forward to [South Carolina] Gov. Haley’s call,” Colbert spokesperson Carrie Byalick told ABC News.

Anyone hoping for a spot in the Senate representing South Carolina has to be a resident of the state.  Colbert is known to live with his wife and children in New Jersey, but both he and wife, Evelyn, hail from Charleston, S.C.  A house there is listed in the White Pages under his wife’s name with the qualifier, “Guest House.”

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Wednesday
Apr252012

Colbert Super PAC Out-Fundraises Ron Paul

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(WASHINGTON) -- Stephen Colbert’s political action committee has enough cash to play jokes and pull pranks throughout the presidential campaign, but for now the comedian is mum on how he plans to spend that money.

Colbert’s Super PAC, Americans for A Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow has $794,000 cash-on-hand sitting untouched in its coffers, according to March documents filed with the Federal Election Commission, making it wealthier than some PACs intended to back legitimate presidential candidates.

The PAC raised just $44,000 in March, but spent only $28,000, mostly on Internet bills and legal fees. Though the March haul is paltry, the committee is sitting on a significant sum.

By contrast, as Politico first reported, Take Endorse Liberty, a PAC dedicated to supporting Ron Paul’s candidacy has just $54,000 in the bank.

Take Endorse Liberty, initially bankrolled with a $1.7 million donation from PayPal founder Peter Thiel, raised just $13,000 in March.

Colbert’s PAC, however, was significantly outspent by big-name organizers.  Winning Our Future, the pro-Gingrich PAC mostly bankrolled by Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson and his family received $5 million in March alone.

The pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action has $5 million cash-on-hand, and Restore Our Future, the group backing Mitt Romney has $16.5 million in the kitty.

Colbert has no millionaire backer behind his Super PAC. He has raised funds through appeals to viewers on his popular Comedy Central show The Colbert Report. Through his website, Colbert sells a “Super Fun PAC” for $99, which includes a wrench, tube socks, and a sign that reads “If the super PAC is caucusing, don’t bother knockusing!”

Super PACs are a new form of political action organization freed of the campaign finance rules that limit donations to a candidate directly. Colbert created the PAC as parody, to highlight the sometime shadowy world of political giving.

Colbert’s Comedy Central spokesman referred questions about the PAC to his personal publicist, who did not immediately respond.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Feb232012

Nancy Pelosi Relents, Appears on ‘The Colbert Report’

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi relented on her oath not to appear on Comedy Central’s Colbert Report when she joined host Stephen Colbert Wednesday for a segment to promote the DISCLOSE act.

Prior to the segment featuring Pelosi, Colbert teased a video clip of a previous interview with the Democratic leader when she told the comedian she would not appear on his show.

Adding fuel to the fire, on June 30, 2006, Pelosi predicted that Colbert would fail in his pursuit of interviewing every member of Congress for his show, and she discouraged her colleagues from falling for the trap.

“I wouldn’t recommend that anyone go on the show,” Pelosi (D-Calif.) advised at the time.  “I would think that it would be okay to go on if you were live-to-tape, but don’t subject yourself to a comic’s edit unless you want to be made a fool of.”

But Wednesday night, wearing a red suit, Pelosi joined Colbert for a segment recorded live-to-tape earlier in the day.

“You said you’d never come on here.  Do you often break your promises?” Colbert joked as he opened up the conversation.

“This is part of my lent resolution -- to do good works, be kind to Republicans,” she replied.  “So here I am.”

Pelosi was invited onto the show to promote her support of the DISCLOSE Act, which Democrats recently reintroduced in the House of Representatives.

The Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections Act, also known as the DISCLOSE Act, aims to prohibit foreign influence in federal elections and establish additional disclosure requirements with respect to spending in elections.

“If we want to cancel elections, and have the wealthiest people in America … give tens of millions of dollars, we can just ask them: who do they want to be president, who do they want to run Congress, who do they want to be governor,” Pelosi said.

“That would be polite,” Colbert interjected.

“No that would be a plutocracy,” Pelosi scolded Colbert.  “We are a democracy and our founders intended that the people would decide.”

With House Democrats in the minority, there is little hope for Congress to pass the bill this year.  Pelosi said Democrats aim to “win the election, reform the system, overturn the Supreme Court decision [Citizens United] by amending the Constitution and give the vote and the voice and power to the people.”

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Tuesday
Jan312012

Stephen Colbert’s Super PAC Hauls in More Than $1 Million

Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Stephen Colbert super PAC is run by a comedian, but the political action committee’s bank account is no joke, based on federal reports filed Tuesday.

The super PAC is “rolling seven digits deep,” as Stephen Colbert said in a statement to the Federal Election Commission Tuesday, having hauled in more than $1.02 million as of Jan. 30.

“We raised it on my show and used it to materially influence the elections -- in full accordance with the law,” Comedy Central comedian Colbert said Tuesday in a statement. “It’s the way our Founding Fathers would have wanted it, if they had founded corporations instead of just a country.”

Colbert, 47, created the super PAC, officially called Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow, in June and has used it to accentuate new campaign finance laws that allow people and corporations to donate unlimitedly to such groups, which can then spend that money to support or oppose political candidates.

In the weeks leading up to the South Carolina primary, Colbert transferred power of his super PAC to fellow comedian Jon Stewart in an on-air ceremony on The Colbert Report complete with a sci-fi-style money-power transfer and celebratory balloon drop.

During Colbert’s two-week flirtation with a presidential run, the super PAC, under Stewart’s direction, spent at least $71,000 to create and air four ads in South Carolina.

Colbert snatched back the super PAC reins Monday night in an epic battle that spanned Stewart’s The Daily Show and Colbert’s show.

“The way I see it, the Supreme Court said that money is speech, and Jon Stewart was hogging all my speech,” Colbert said in Tuesday’s statement. “Now I’ve taken that speech from Jon, making him like that movie The Artist: French.”

Colbert has not said what he plans to spend his remaining money on.

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Tuesday
Jan242012

Stephen Colbert Ends Exploratory Committee for President of US of SC

Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Amidst post-debate analysis and preparation for the release of Mitt Romney’s tax returns, Stephen Colbert tweeted about the end of his exploratory committee for President of the United States of South Carolina.

@StephenAtHome: “Of all my exploratory committee members, I’m going to miss Roll of Quarters most. But that’s because I haven’t done laundry in, like, a month.”

Colbert announced his plans to form an exploratory committee to look into a run in South Carolina earlier this month, in a stunt meant to draw attention to the problems of independent expenditure committees, commonly referred to as super PACs, in political contests.  In order to make his “exploration” legal, Colbert announced he would be handing over control of his super PAC, “Americans For A Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow,” to fellow late-night Comedy Central star Jon Stewart.

Colbert found a clever way around the ballot barrier he faced in South Carolina -- a state that does not allow write-ins in its presidential primary -- and teamed up with former GOP candidate Herman Cain, whose name still was on the ballot, despite his dropping out of the race. The two appeared together at Colbert’s “Rock Me Like A Herman Cain: The South Cain-olina Primary Rally” at the College of Charleston, in Charleston, S.C., the day before the primary.

Cain received roughly 1 percent of the vote in South Carolina’s Jan. 21 primary -- about 6,324 votes.

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Monday
Jan232012

Stephen Colbert Gives Herman Cain the ‘Colbert Bump’ in SC

Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty Images(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- It seems South Carolinans may have a “hunger” for comedian Stephen Colbert’s presidential bid.  Either that or the Cain Train is gaining some steam.

In Saturday’s primary, roughly 6,324 South Carolina voters -- about 1 percent -- cast their ballot for former presidential candidate Herman Cain, the man Colbert dubbed his surrogate in the Palmetto State primary after the comedian failed to get his own name on the ballot.

That’s more than 30 times the number of votes Cain got in the Iowa Caucus and New Hampshire Primary combined and more than double the votes former GOP candidate Rick Perry, who dropped out of the race last Thursday, received.

“Because Herman Cain and I are so similar, I think that if this Saturday Herman Cain were to get a significant number of votes that would be a sign that voters are hungry, hungry for a Stephen Colbert campaign,” Colbert said on his Comedy Central show last Monday night.  “Anybody who shares my values can show it by voting for Herman Cain.”

Cain, for his part, seems to have no problem acting as the stand-in for Colbert’s satirical campaign.

“American needs to lighten up,” Cain said last Friday in a speech at Colbert’s “The Rock Me Like a Herman Cain: South Cain-olina Primary Rally” at the College of Charleston.

Colbert’s flirtation with launching a presidential campaign has served to highlight new campaign finance laws -- made possible by the Citizens United Supreme Court decision -- that allow super PACs to raise unlimited amounts of money from undisclosed donors and spend that money to support or oppose political candidates.

“Tomorrow, Jan. 21, the two-year anniversary of Citizens United, you can thank the Supreme Court by going into the voting booth and voting for Herman Cain.  Because, sadly, it is still illegal to vote with just pure cash,” Colbert said at Friday’s rally.

Shortly before announcing his intention to explore a possible White House bid, Colbert transferred his super PAC, “Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow” to fellow comedian Jon Stewart.  The PAC spent $7,600 to run four ads in South Carolina over the past week.

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