It may not stack up to Karl Rove's American Crossroads but Stephen Colbert's super PAC Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow puts a whole host of serious super PACs to shame when it comes to fundraising.
At midnight last night, the Comedy Central host wowed political observers with his Federal Election Commission disclosure that his super PAC has raised $1,023,121.24. "We raised it on my show and used it to materially influence the elections – in full accordance with the law," wrote Colbert. "It's the way our founding fathers would have wanted it, if they had founded corporations instead of just a country."
If you weren't sure how significant a $1 million haul is for a super PAC lead by a comedian or any other public figure, the Center for Responsive Politics super PAC disclosure list makes it perfectly clear: It's a big deal. Take a look at all the groups that have raised less than Colbert's super PAC (the total amount raised appears in the right-hand column, the column to the left tracks expenditures):
Of course, Colbert's PAC can't be bigger than everybody. According to Open Secrets, the pro-Romney PAC Restore Our Future raised more than $12 million and the pro-Obama PAC Priorities USA Action raised more than $3 million. Some non candidate-based PACs also come ahead of Colbert's, including House Majority PAC and American Bridge 21st Century with more than $2 million and $1.5 million respectively. Still, Colbert's haul is nothing to sneeze at.
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