Sunday, May 15, 2011

Colbert still pursuing Super PAC despite resistance from Viacom

Colbert still pursuing Super PAC despite resistance from Viacom
Comedian Stephen Colbert was batted down by Comedy Central’s parent company Viacom when he first tried to create a political action committee (PAC) in advance of the 2012 elections. He wanted a PAC “so that this election, you, the Colbert Nation, could have a voice in the form of my voice, shouted through a megaphone of cash.” So he “exploited a loophole,” as he explained, and created a Super PAC. But Viacom once again told him no. So Colbert has asked the Federal Election Commission (FEC) for a media exemption to rules. That way, Viacom wouldn’t be giving Colbert’s PAC a corporate donation by allowing him to talk about it on air. Meanwhile, Colbert went to the FEC on Friday afternoon and rallied supporters.

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