1. Stephen Colbert on creating his Super PAC

The whole thing came about by accident. We were just trying to do a parody ad of a Tim Pawlenty ad, and I couldn’t figure out how to end it. And then I said, ‘Well how does his ad end?’ And his ad ended with just a simple card on the screen that said, ‘LibertyPAC.com’ — whatever his political action committee was. And I said, ‘Okay, just put a ColbertPAC.com at the end and one person on the staff said, ‘Do you want me to buy that url?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, yeah — we might want to use that later.’
And then the network called and said, ‘Are you really going to get a PAC?’ And I said, ‘Why do you ask?’ And they said, ‘Because if you actually get a PAC, that could be trouble.’ And I said, ‘Well then I’m definitely going to do it.’ Because I like the idea of, why is it trouble? Everybody can do it, why can’t I do it? … We’d done jokes on Citizens United for about a year, and then I realized, ‘Oh, well this is what the whole year is about. It’s really about this whole new flush of cash into our political system that is in large part untraceable or traceable only after the fact when it’s too late, after the primaries, after the elections is over. And I said, ‘OK, well let’s just try to do it’…
We really played the game hard up through the South Carolina primary, when Jon Stewart took over my Super PAC, because I announced my plans to form an exploratory committee about whether or not I should run for president, to illustrate how easy it is to give money to somebody else and really have control over what happens. Ostensibly it’s no longer in your control, but you’ve given it to your best friend, who actually rides to work with you this morning and you share a building.
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    Stephen Colbert on creating his Super PAC

    The whole thing came about by accident. We were just trying to do a parody ad of a Tim Pawlenty ad, and I couldn’t figure out how to end it. And then I said, ‘Well how does his ad end?’ And his ad ended with just a simple card on the screen that said, ‘LibertyPAC.com’ — whatever his political action committee was. And I said, ‘Okay, just put a ColbertPAC.com at the end and one person on the staff said, ‘Do you want me to buy that url?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, yeah — we might want to use that later.’

    And then the network called and said, ‘Are you really going to get a PAC?’ And I said, ‘Why do you ask?’ And they said, ‘Because if you actually get a PAC, that could be trouble.’ And I said, ‘Well then I’m definitely going to do it.’ Because I like the idea of, why is it trouble? Everybody can do it, why can’t I do it? … We’d done jokes on Citizens United for about a year, and then I realized, ‘Oh, well this is what the whole year is about. It’s really about this whole new flush of cash into our political system that is in large part untraceable or traceable only after the fact when it’s too late, after the primaries, after the elections is over. And I said, ‘OK, well let’s just try to do it’…

    We really played the game hard up through the South Carolina primary, when Jon Stewart took over my Super PAC, because I announced my plans to form an exploratory committee about whether or not I should run for president, to illustrate how easy it is to give money to somebody else and really have control over what happens. Ostensibly it’s no longer in your control, but you’ve given it to your best friend, who actually rides to work with you this morning and you share a building.

  2. Stephen Colbert

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    Fresh Air

  1. Our friends at On The Media did a story in July on this neat tool called the SuperPacApp. It allows your to wave your phone in front of a TV and find out who and how much money are behind the political ad playing. Now, a good reason to stick around during the commercials…

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  1. If you look at the two largest Super PACs on the Romney side, they have raised $122 million. By July they had, anyway. And in contrast, the two largest supporting Super PACs that are supporting Obama have raised only $30 million by that period, so it’s a very big differential. But it doesn’t begin to explain how much of a gap there is in money. There’s an even bigger gap in other kinds of outside groups that are not Super PACs — there are nonprofits that don’t disclose their donors and there the differential is just overwhelming. Obama is being completely out-raised in these secret donations which are piling in for Romney at this point.

    — The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer on Fresh Air

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  1. "The Supreme Court is saying that campaign spending is a matter of free speech, but it has set up a situation where the more money you have the more speech you can buy," Axelrod says. "That’s a threatening concept for democracy." He adds, "If your party serves the powerful and well-funded interests, and there’s no limit to what you can spend, you have a permanent, structural advantage. We’re averaging fifty-dollar checks in our campaign, and trying to ward off these seven- or even eight-figure checks on the other side. That disparity is pretty striking, and so are the implications. In many ways, we’re back in the Gilded Age. We have robber barons buying the government."

    -from Jane Mayer’s New Yorker article, Schmooze or Lose

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    The New Yorker

  1. Posted on 30 January, 2012

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    Tomorrow: the coming tsunami of slime in the presidential race. Journalist Joe Hagan says the emergence of Super PACs has changed the game, bringing an unprecedented flood of outside (or special interest) money which will fund opposition research and negative ads.

    Tomorrow: the coming tsunami of slime in the presidential race. Journalist Joe Hagan says the emergence of Super PACs has changed the game, bringing an unprecedented flood of outside (or special interest) money which will fund opposition research and negative ads.

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