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Author:  All-in-for-Mike [ Fri Jul 15, 2011 11:45 pm ]
Post subject:  Stephen Colbert's parody of PACs, campaign finance

Article by Dana Milbank of the Washington Post: ... story.html
Stephen Colbert, Karl Rove and the mockery of campaign finance

The comedian Stephen Colbert flew down to Washington this week to parody the nation’s campaign finance laws. But there was a flaw in his plan: The campaign finance system already is a parody.

Standing on a platform outside the Federal Election Commission, Colbert boasted about how he had won the FEC’s blessing to create a “SuperPAC” to raise unlimited funds. “I do have one federal election law joke if you’d like to hear it,” the new head of Colbert SuperPAC offered.

“Knock knock,” Colbert said.

“Who’s there?” responded the crowd of about 200.

“Unlimited union and corporate campaign contributions.”

“Unlimited union and corporate campaign contributions who?”

“That’s the thing,” Colbert said. “I don’t think I should have to tell you.”

Pretty good, as anonymous-donor jokes go. The PAC man returned to his stump speech. “I do not accept limits on my free speech,” he said. “But I do accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express. Fifty dollars or less, please, because then I don’t have to keep a record of who gave it to me.”

Fifty bucks? Come on, Stephen: That’s petty cash.

Colbert set out to prove how flimsy campaign finance limits have become since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, and the SuperPAC he created is egregious enough, allowing contributions of any size. But what he proposes to do isn’t nearly as abusive as what’s already going on. While Colbert’s PAC has to release the names of people who give him more than $200, the campaign finance vehicles preferred by Karl Rove allow individuals to give millions of dollars to elect candidates without the donors’ names becoming public.


Author:  QuoVadisAnima [ Fri Jul 15, 2011 11:49 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Stephen Colbert's parody of PACs, campaign finance

When libs have this discussion, they always focus on corporate donations & unions get little to no notice...

Author:  Miserere [ Sat Jul 16, 2011 9:48 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Stephen Colbert's parody of PACs, campaign finance

The things liberals get worked up about never cease to amaze me.

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