Stephen Colbert announced on his Super PAC website early Tuesday morning (Jan. 31), “several hours before being legally required to,” that his political action committee has raised $1,023,121.24. The super PAC is officially titled “Americans For A Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow,” but the donation announcement includes that it is “considering changing it again to John Colbert Cougar Super MellenPAC.”
Colbert also writes, “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.”
He also includes in the letter to the Federal Election Commission, “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!'”
The entire submission form can be seen here in PDF format. Among the donations include $500 from the Lieutenant Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, who confirms to the New York Times that that is really him.
There are also two $250 donations from actors Laura San Giacomo and Bradley Whitford, though there is no confirmation yet that it is actually them. We wouldn’t be surprised, however. There is also a donation of $1170 from WOI, the ABC affiliate out of West Des Moines, Iowa.