Montclair resident Stephen Colbert regained control of his Super PAC just in time to be the first to file donor information on the last filing day.
After chasing New Jersey native and Daily Show host Jon Stewart through the streets of New York to regain control of his funds, Colbert announced on The Colbert Report that his Super PAC is officially back. Stewart had custody of Colbert's "Americans For A Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow" funds for approximately three weeks. Colbert is required to file his donor information to the Federal Election Commission by Jan. 31.
According to the Colbert Super PAC website, the Colbert Super PAC has raised $1,023,121.24. The New York Times reported that it had been confirmed that Gavin Newsom, lieutenant governor of California donated $500. Actor Laura Sangiacomo, gave” $250 to the Super PAC, and Bradley Whitford, who starred on “The West Wing”, gave $250.
In a cover letter to the FEC included in the 147-page document, Colbert was quoted as saying, ''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!''
But Colbert reminded his viewers just why he has a Super PAC last night on his program. He mentioned that along with him, other independent expenditure groups would be required to release their information.
“It’s a great day for transparency because tomorrow voters in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Florida will finally have vital information that would have been useful before they voted,” the comedian said, according to the Christian Science Monitor. Meanwhile, Colbert said he is considering changing the Super PAC's name again to John Colbert Cougar Super Mellen PAC.
According to a Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, if Colbert ran for president of the United States of South Carolina, about 18 percent of South Carolina's potential Republican primary electorate said they are at least kinda somewhat likely to vote for Colbert. That sounds like a mandate.