Update: Following The Atlantic Wire's exclusive report, Salvatore Purpura has resigned as treasurer of Stephen Colbert's Super PAC "Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow," citing a conflict of interest. “Obviously, there was a potential conflict of interest,” Purpura told Politico. The Wire first identified Purpura's dual loyalties as treasurer for both Colbert and GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry on Monday after discovering Purpura's name on newly-filed Federal Election Commission documents.
Original article Mark this down as an only-in-American-politics moment: today, Texas Governor Rick Perry filed his statement of candidacy papers with the Federal Election Commission signed by his treasurer, Salvatore Purpura. But Perry is not Purpura's only employer: he is also the treasurer of Stephen Colbert's Super PAC, "Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow," The Atlantic Wire has learned. According to his LinkedIn profile, Purpura is a "Talented Finance Manager with outstanding credentials exemplifying an extensive track record of planning and directing accounting functions in an innovative way." And he has worked for a number of Republican candidates over the years including, John McCain's 2008 campaign, the Bush-Cheney in 2004 and 2000, Dole-Kemp in 1996 and Jeb Bush during his 1994 for Florida governor.