Comedian Stephen Colbert, whose gags have pointed out the absurdity of U.S. campaign finance laws since the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling, asked the IRS Thursday for permission to testify on proposed rules governing the political activity of social welfare nonprofits.
Colbert said in a comment filed with the IRS that the proposed rules “raise serious constitutional and legal issues” for social welfare nonprofits. These organizations have become known as “dark money” groups, because they allow political operatives to spend money on electoral activity without having to disclose donors.
This evening, the Campaign Legal Center officially dedicated the Ham Rove Memorial Conference Room, with an assist from comedian Stephen Colbert, in order to meet the sole condition for accepting a generous check from the Ham Rove Memorial Fund. The popular host of Comedy Central’s Colbert Report provided videotaped remarks (link below) for the occasion and personally donated a life-sized portrait of himself, which now hangs at the Legal Center.
The Ham Rove Memorial Fund was created by Mr. Colbert with money he raised though his Colbert Super PAC. Legal Center President Trevor Potter, through his private law practice, was a frequent guest on the show serving as Mr. Colbert’s attorney and explaining the intricacies of campaign finance and tax law. Mr. Potter helped to create the Colbert Super PAC, the related 501(c)(4) Colbert Super PAC SHH and ultimately the Ham Rove Memorial Fund where the hundreds of thousands of dollars from Colbert Super PAC had vanished in November 2012 without a trace, courtesy of loopholes in the IRS regulations.
Stephen Colbert’s Ham Rove Memorial Fund Makes Generous Contribution to Campaign Legal Center
Conference Room to be Named in Honor of the Late Ham Rove
Last night, Stephen Colbert announced on the Colbert Report that the Ham Rove Memorial Fund had made a grant of more than $135,000 to the Campaign Legal Center. A condition of the grant requires that the Legal Center name its conference room The Ham Rove Memorial Conference Room. The staff at the Legal Center is already referring to the room by its new name and look forward to dedicating the conference room and bringing the space into full compliance with the condition as soon as the plaque arrives.
“We vow to do our best to ensure that groups like Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow and Colbert Super PAC SHH will not be able to get away with their anonymous shell game shenanigans in future election cycles,” said Legal Center President Trevor Potter. “We are also delighted that the Ham Rove Memorial Fund made a similar contribution to our friends at the Center for Responsive Politics for the invaluable service they provide in tracking money in our political system.”
Source: Campaign Legal Center.
We at the Center for Responsive Politics are pleased to announce that our previously nameless gathering place for staff meetings, interviews with reporters and celebrations of all kinds now has an identity: the Colbert Super PAC Memorial Conference Room.
The renaming was made possible by a generous, and unsolicited, grant of $136,000 from the Ham Rove Memorial Fund. Before it was laundered — whoops, we mean “transferred” through a series of perfectly legal maneuvers — the money originated with comedian Stephen Colbert’s super PAC, Americans For A Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow. Ham Rove was, well, a ham that Colbert claimed was the super PAC’s chief adviser.
The only string attached is the renaming of the conference room, which will become official with the hanging of a plaque provided by Colbert. Frankly, the room needed a little personality.
Source: Open Secrets.
This past week the Report saw a savage end to a truly delicious political strategist, Ham Rove. More than just a ham loaf with wire rimmed glasses, Ham Rove was introduced to our homes and hearts as the doppelganger of his less forthcoming counterpart, Karl Rove. In this Look Back we highlight Ham Rove’s best moments.
This spring, funnyman and political shtickmeister Stephen Colbert launched a nationwide treasure hunt to poke fun at Political Action Committees, or super PACs.
The Super PAC Super Fun Pack Treasure Hunt pitted participants in a battle of wits to crack a code using elaborate clues.
“When you first looked at it, it kind of looked like a lot of garbage,” said 22-year-old Daniela Aizpitarte of Eagle, one member of a four-person team from the University of Pittsburgh that cracked the code. “But as you picked through it with a fine-toothed comb, you found some interesting things. We just started amassing all the clues.”
Our very own Hubster Remy has taken up the SuperPAC challenge, and formed “Penn Staters for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow”.
On behalf of the Hub, goodluck and happy treasure hunting Penn Staters!!
Yes, I said to myself. Staying true to the philosophy of ‘yes, and’ that Stephen Colbert (the person, not the megalomaniacal talk show host) espouses, which dictates that in life, as in improvisational acting, one must never say ‘no,’ but rather say ‘yes, and,’ I immediately knew that my answer was a resounding yes, and. Yes, I will do it. And I will do it right now. And I will do it with as many people who want to do it with me. And I will reach out to people young and old, Democrat and Republican, engineers and English majors. And I will do this, even though I’m not exactly sure what I’m doing, or how to do it.
I’ll wait for Trevor Potter’s handbook — not legal advice, Colbert warned, and if you mix up the directions, instead of registering a political action committee, you’ll find yourself stuck with a shoddy piece of Ikea furniture — before I fill out the F.E.C. paperwork. And I’ve already surveyed several students and professors who have expressed their interest in helping me navigate the red tape of the world of campaign finance. But, after all, we’re not doing this because it’s impossible. We’re doing this because it’s one page of paperwork to register a political action committee. We’re doing it because it’s so easy, a college student can do it.
Until the not-legal-advice handbook and the rest of the essential pieces of the Super Fun Pack (particularly the Allen wrench and tube socks) arrive, I’ll continue to amass support from my peers, with whom I’m staying in touch via a Facebook page I created on Monday. So far, reactions vary from “You’re starting a what? What’s that?” (“Exactly why you should join!”) to “That’s awesome, I’d love to help!” (“Fantastic! The Colbert Nation salutes you, fellow it-getter!”).
Full Article: The Huffington Post.
Facebook Page: Penn Staters for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow.