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Native son Stephen Colbert and Herman Cain push the limit in South Carolina

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NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
Stephen Colbert’s political rally with Herman Cain in front of over 3,000 people in South Carolina came one day before the second anniversary of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision that barred the government from putting political spending limits on corporations and unions.

Montclair resident Colbert grew up in South Carolina.  His rally was called the “Rock Me Like a Herman Cain South Cain-olina Primary Rally,” and featured cheerleaders, a gospel choir, a band and Herman Cain.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that so far this year, super PACs have spent more than $26 million and negative ads are all over South Carolina television these days. Colbert raised money from viewers through his super-PAC, and according to super-PAC rules, has not revealed the amount.

He has earned enough to finance commercials supporting a candidate known as “Rick Parry,” and another that called Mitt Romney a serial killer. His point was that it was all done legally. Colbert’s lawyer Trevor Potter, who helped the comedian form his super PAC, is a real campaign-finance lawyer who once worked for John McCain and is a former Federal Election Commission chairman.

But is Colbert making a point or does he have other motives for his campaign?

According to Mediaite, NBC White House correspondent Chuck Todd asked,  “Is it to educate the public about the dangers of money in politics? Or is it to marginalize the Republican party? Todd attacked Colbert and Daily Show host Jon Stewart, saying they are mocking the media, and then backing off and saying “we’re just comedians” when they are held accountable.

According to the Atlantic, Colbert said, "The pundits have asked, 'is this all some joke?' And I say, if being allowed to form a super PAC and collecting unlimited, untraceable amounts of money from individuals, unions, and corporations, and spending that money on political ads and for personal enrichment, and then surrendering that super PAC to one of my closest friends while I explore a run for office is a joke, then our entire campaign finance system is a joke!"

Colbert said he had to stand for corporations because, without legs, they cannot stand for themselves. He said,  “I am the Martin Luther King of corporate civil rights — the Lockheed Martin Burger King,”

On a recent appearance on Morning Joe, according to Mediaite, Colbert mentioned a recent poll that found 41 percent of South Carolinians are not satisfied with their choices. I have the highest favorability rating of any of the Republican candidates, even though I’m not one.”

 
Comments (8)
8 Sunday, 22 January 2012 12:40
MarieB
YES, THAT POP UP ADD IS SERIOUSLY ANNOYING AND NEEDS TO GO. STOP TELLING ME THAT YOU JUST GOT BACK FROM A VACATION THAT I KNOW DAMN WELL YOU DIDN'T.
7 Sunday, 22 January 2012 12:38
MarieB
Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart are doing a GREAT SERVICE to the American people in exposing all the behind-the-scenes dirt on what a Super PAC is and can do. It's been a true education to say the least. Watching them transfer something monumental as a ton of money that's well hidden on national tv with one stroke of a pen was truly telling about our political system.

All Super PACS must go in order to salvage the sanctity of our American political system. Lobbyists can go, too. They're just as dangerous.
6 Saturday, 21 January 2012 21:17
nrm
Chuck Todd is an idiot if he thinks this is just partisan politics. It is so obviously satirical, but when you are part of the media that fails to report on these serious issues and are mocked, well, I guess I can understand why he appears to be offended.
5 Saturday, 21 January 2012 17:18
annoyed as well
This site should have more class in what it will allow its advertisers to pull. That is an annoying Pop up
4 Saturday, 21 January 2012 15:47
El Gordo Loco
Colbert and Stewart are my new heroes. Exposing what kind of BS REALLY goes on behind these campaigns and from the people we vote into office is something that needed to be done. In this humorous way makes it fun and worth paying attention to.
3 Saturday, 21 January 2012 14:57
Ayla Webster
sound plays without asking and ad pops up in the way!
2 Saturday, 21 January 2012 13:59
Joseph S.
What pop-up ad?

Good article.
1 Saturday, 21 January 2012 13:44
Annoyed
Dear admin: Pissed off by your annoying pop-up ad. Won't be coming back to this site.

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