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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-12 11:00 AM
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I enjoy Colbert, but this don't impress me much.
Edited on Fri Dec-14-12 11:02 AM by No Elephants
Published: Dec. 14, 2012 at 9:27 AM

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Comedian Stephen Colbert said he'll donate much of the $770,000 left at the political action committee supporting his faux presidential campaign to charity.

The "Colbert Report" host said Thursday:

-- $125,000 will go to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts run by Donors Choose, Team Rubicon and Habitat for Humanity.

-- The Yellow Ribbon Fund, a charity for injured veterans, will receive $125,000.

-- The remainder of the funds will be split between the Center for Responsive Politics and the Campaign Legal Center.

The Campaign Legal Center, which tracks campaign finance laws, was founded by Trevor Potter, who advised Colbert on his super PAC, The Hill reported.

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The Center for Responsive Politics must rename a conference room the "Colbert Super PAC Memorial Conference Room," and the Campaign Legal Center must name a meeting space the "Ham Rove Memorial Conference Room," The Hill reported.

"Ham Rove" is a fictional character Colbert created -- based on President George W. Bush's adviser Karl Rove.

"As the tidal wave of money continues to engulf politics and these advocates for transparency are moaning about how powerless they are to top it, little Ham here will be watching it all unfold with relish -- and maybe a little bit of dijon," Colbert said.

Colbert's super PAC raised more than $1.2 million throughout the 2012 election season. Some of the money was used for air time to promote his faux presidential run during the Republican primary in South Carolina.



Read more: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2012/12/14/Colbert-gives...


$.5 million in political donations for air time for a faux political campaign? More like promotion of comedian Colbert.

And check out his conditions for his contributions to Center for Responsive Politics and to Republican political attorney Trevor Potter. Potter, btw, seems to be running his own clever scam. He is an attorney who advises people on FEC compliance. So, he set up a not for profit to track FEC laws and regs? That is work he should be doing at his firm's expense or his clients' expense, but he is doing it on donations? Clever, but borderline ethical.

I wonder if those who donated to Colber's super pac, set up by Potter, understood their donations would not be going to help real candidates or to promote any actual political issues.

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Divine Discontent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-12 10:05 PM
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1. yes, I agree with you on this. you are right, surely, that nearly everyone who donated believed it
would be going to help real candidates and policy.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-15-12 12:16 AM
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3. Would he have gotten donations if he had said he was going to use the money
to promote his career and help a Republican lawyer get a tax break for doing the legal work for which his clients pay him very well?

Maybe, because some hero worship blindly, but I don't think he would have gotten anywhere near as much.

What if the people to whom he is giving the money don't want to name anything after him?

Candidly, I am surprised at Colbert.
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Divine Discontent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-12 10:07 PM
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2. well, also, he is the favored candidate to be chosen as the GOPer chosen for the Senate by Gov Haley
after all... So, does this really surprise? HA!
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