The Stephen Colbert Super PAC, Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow, is buying up South Carolina Primary airtime and we can’t wait to see what the Comedy Central star is going to do with it. Colbert announced jokingly last night that he was forming an “exploratory committee” for a possible Republican presidential run.
As a presidential candidate, Stephen Colbert would not be able to be the head of a Super PAC, or political action committee. A Super PAC, according to Wikipedia, is a private group dedicated to the promotion and election of a political candidate or the passage of legislature. A PAC is an organization which receives contributions or spends more than $1,000 for the purpose of influencing a federal election.
In order to qualify as a potential presidential candidate, the Comedy Central star handed over leadership of the Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow Stephen Colbert Super PAC to Daily Show host Jon Stewart. An official announcement of the change in leadership was posted at the Super PAC’s website.
“Americans For A Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow, an FEC registered Super PAC, today announced the addition of Jon Stewart to its executive board (along with the subtraction of Stephen Colbert).
“With this change the group, which had been known colloquially as Colbert Super PAC, can now be referred to as The Definitely Not Coordinating With Stephen Colbert Super PAC. They have already begun updating all of their letterhead with sharpie.
“I am excited to take the reins of this completely independent organization, and begin to air ads in South Carolina,” said New President and Noncommunication Director Jon Stewart. “But I want to be clear: Stephen and I have in no way have worked out a series of morse-code blinks to convey information with each other on our respective shows.”
According to ABC News, the Stephen Colbert Super PAC is now buying up airtime in advance of the South Carolina Primary. Currently, Stephen Colbert is actually pulling 5% of support among South Carolina voters in at least one poll even though he is not actually a candidate on the ballot. So far the Super PAC has reportedly purchased nearly $10,000 worth of airtime in the Charleston, SC area between Jan. 15 and Jan. 19 and is also negotiating for a “substantial media buy” in the Columbia market.