Stephen Colbert gives nearly $800K of Super PAC funds to Hurricane Sandy relief, wounded soldiers, more

By | December 14, 2012 at 11:36 am | 2 comments | News, TV/Movies | Tags: , , , , ,

The funds remaining in Stephen Colbert’s Super PAC, Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow – which he created to expose the inherent problems with organizations raising money for presidential candidates without having to disclose its contributions’ origins – will be donated to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, a wounded soldiers fund and, fittingly, “two pro-transparency groups who fight against the corrupting influence of outside money in politics.”

Colbert made the announcement as the “accidental chairman” of the Ham Rove Memorial Fund, the organization he established on Nov. 12 after the “death” of his Super PAC’s advisor and chief strategist Ham Rove (a ham with glasses made to resemble Karl Rove, former deputy chief of staff under George W. Bush). The PAC’s money was then shifted to the Memorial fund.

Of the fund’s $773,704.83, Donors Choose, Team Rubicon and Habitat for Humanity will be given $125,000 each to help rebuild after the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy; $125,000 will be given to the Yellow Ribbon Fund, which benefits wounded soldiers and their families; the Center for Responsive Politics and the Campaign Legal Center will split the remaining funds— $136,852.43 each, if my math is correct.

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