Comedy Central mainstay Stephen Colbert is preparing to make a presidential run. During the taping Thursday of “The Colbert Report,” the comic transferred his super political action committee (PAC) to Comedy Central colleague Jon Stewart.
“This is a difficult decision,” Colbert said. “I’ve talked it over with my money. I’ve talked it over with my spiritual adviser.”
As campaigning politicians cannot simultaneously run a super PAC, the transfer allows Colbert to enter the Republican presidential primary in his home state of South Carolina.
“I am proud to announce that I am forming an exploratory committee to lay the groundwork for my possible candidacy for president of the United States of America of South Carolina,” Colbert said.
Colbert’s super PAC, Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow, has been purchasing television air time to run ads in the Palmetto State. He also has a 501(c)4, which is called the Colbert Super PAC SHH Institute.
Although this is seemingly part of the Comedy Central host’s satirical commentary on U.S. election law, many South Carolina voters are taking him seriously.
In a newly released poll, Colbert is actually ahead of Jon Huntsman. According to Public Policy Polling, 5 percent of South Carolina’s GOP primary voters would vote for Colbert, while only 4 percent would pick Huntsman.
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