Talk show host Stephen Colbert donates almost $800,000 to Sandy relief, and others.
The super PAC “Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow” created by comedian and late-night talk show host Stephen Colbert has been disolved, so the remaining funds, specifically $773,704.83, have been distributed to Sandy relief groups and several finance reform organizations. According to USA Today Colbert announced on his talk show Colbert Report,
Three groups working on Sandy relief efforts — DonorsChoose Sandy relief fund, Team Rubicon’s Sandy outreach and Habitat for Humanity — would each receive $125,000. The Yellow Ribbon Fund, which assists injured servicemembers, would also receive $125,000.
The balance of the funds, Colbert said, would go to the Center for Responsive Politics and The Campaign Legal Center, groups that focus on campaign finance reform efforts that target the growth of super PACS.
The only catch, as USA Today goes on to report was this,
The Center for Responsive Politics, he said, must name its conference room the “Colbert Super PAC Memorial Conference Room,” while The Campaign Legal Center was instructed to rename its conference room in honor of the Colbert super PAC’s late strategist [Ham Rove].
The communications and research director for The Campaign Legal Center, David Vance said that the group is,
Thrilled and honored in the confidence [Colbert has] shown in our work. Staff has already begun referring to the conference room as the ‘Ham Rove Memorial Conference Room.’ We look forward to the arrival of the plaque, so we can officially rename it.
Mr. Colbert has done an amazing job bringing attention to the issue of hidden money from super PACs, and this final act of charity sets a wonderful example both for other super PACs and the nation as a whole.
Thank you Mr. Colbert, you are a good man.
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