Stephen Colbert’s super PAC may be a joke–and a way to bring to light just how easily abused the system is–but the amount of cash his super PAC has earned is anything but a joke.
“Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow”, formerly known as “The Definitely Not Coordinating With Stephen Colbert Super PAC”, managed to take in a little over $1 million in donations–$1,023,121.24, to be specific–from viewers.
“We raised it on my show and used it to materially influence the elections – in full accordance with the law. It’s the way our founding fathers would have wanted it, if they had founded corporations instead of just a country,” reads a statement on the website.
In case you missed out on all of the gems Colbert’s super PAC has been producing, some of that $1 million was used to make an attack ad on Mitt Romney, which hilariously equated him with a serial killer. Colbert’s PAC–who he was definitely not coordinating with–also encouraged voters in an ad to vote for Colbert as Herman Cain.
Here’s the cover letter that the Colbert Super PAC included with its earnings filing to the FEC:
Dear Sirs and Sirettes,
Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow (ABTT) would like it entered into the record that as of January 30th, 2012, the sum total of our donations was $1,023,121.24.
Stephen Colbert, President of ABTT, has asked that I quote him as saying, ”Yeah! How you like me now, F.E.C? I’m rolling seven digits deep! I got 99 problems but a non-connected independent-expenditure only committee ain’t one!”
I would like it noted for the record that I advised Mr. Colbert against including that quote.
Shauna Polk Treasurer Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow, Inc.