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Stephen Colbert‘s satirical super PAC is raking in serious cash from supporters who apparently prefer to see faux political attack ads instead of real ones.
In a memo to the Federal Election Commission late Monday, Shauna Polk — treasurer of Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow — informed the commission that the Colbert super PAC is “rolling seven digits deep!” In other words, Colbert’s super PAC raised more than $1 million.
“Dear Sirs and Sirettes,” Polk wrote, “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!'”
Polk added: “I would like it noted for the record that I advised Mr. Colbert against including that quote.”
The comedian posted a statement on the super PAC’s website explaining that he raised the money on his show.
“Colbert Super PAC has brought in a staggering $1,023,121.24, which my accountant explains to me that is a number far above ‘one,’ ‘two,’ ‘five,’ or even ‘many'” said Colbert said “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.”
Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow sent its forms to the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday at 12:01 AM, “making them the first to file on the last filing day,” according to Colbert.
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