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All Things Super PAC

// Posted by on 02/16/2012 (10:31 AM)

I figured we could use this post and its comments as a place for any interesting about the Colbert Super PAC

The Basics:

Super PACS became prominant in 2010.

They are made possible by two Supreme court Decisions:

-Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commision, which basically allows unions and corporations to contribute as much money to politcal campaigns as they want.

-Speechnow.org vs. Federal Election Commision

Colbert’s Super PAC is a satirical attempt to point out that Super PACS allow wealthy individuals to control elections. Commenting on the 1 million dollars the PAC has raised, Colbert says “We raised it on my show and used it to materially influence the elections – in full accordance with the law. It’s the way our founding fathers would have wanted it, if they had founded corporations instead of just a country,”. Colbert’s Super Pac also points out a huge loop hole in the campaign finance laws. Officially candidates are not allowed to coordinate with the leaders of Super PACS, but Colberts “collaboration” with John Stewart demonstrates that there are very easy ways to get around this.

Indecision 2012 – Colbert Super PAC – Coordination Resolution with Jon Stewart
Also check out the Colbert Super PAC ads

 

more to come later. . .


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Comments:


Tommy said...

I found this graphic on Super PACs last night and thought it illustrates Colbert’s point pretty well; Along with The 9-9-9- Fund) for Herman Cain, Colbert’s Super PAC has a 0% share from large donors (defined as $25,000 or more), while everyone else has a share of at least 84%, and most of them are in the 90% range.

// 02/16/2012 at 2:21 pm