Stephen Colbert, host of Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,” is putting an end to his super PAC Americans for a Better Tomorrow Tomorrow immediately, the influential comedian wrote in a letter on his website Monday.
The group raised more than $1.2 million for this election cycle. It spent more than $460,000, including $79,000 in independent expenditures. The super PAC still had more than $766,000 of cash in mid-October, according to its federal filings, The Hill
“I took money from some scary guys,” Colbert told his lawyer and former Federal Election Commission Chair Trevor Potter on the show Monday. “I just want to get out of the game. I want to get out of the super-PAC business.”
Colbert began his super PAC in 2011 to demonstrate the influence of big money in politics.
As for the missive on his web site, “I write this letter with a heavy heart and elevated cholesterol,” Colbert stated. “Earlier today, our advisor and chief strategist, Ham Rove [a fictional character satirizing GOP strategist Karl Rove,] passed away. . . . Due to Ham Rove’s timely passing, I am announcing that Colbert Super PAC is shutting down effective immediately.”
In other Colbert news, Madame Tussauds Washington wax museum announced Monday that it has created a wax statue of Colbert that he will help to unveil Friday.
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