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.
Almost a year ago, a team of students took up ‘The Super PAC Super Fun Pack Treasure Hunt’ challenge, documenting their journey’s as they cracked the clues and hunted for treasure, the grand prize, apart from making a lot of pirates very jealous was, a visit from Stephen Colbert.
It has been a long wait for the students at the University of Pittsburgh, but Stephen Colbert finally appeared before excited an excited crowd at Carnegie Hall on Friday, April 19th. After being given a custom Pitt Jersey and hat, Stephen opened by reading a selection of topics from ‘America Again’, including getting a job, Wall Street, food and Matthew McConaughey. The session was closed out with a lively Q & A session covering everything from favourite guests, getting into character, Jon Stewart, Elizabeth Colbert Busch’s congressional campaign, SuperPAC’s, Presidents and Roman Emperors.
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.
Comedian Stephen Colbert will be dropping by the University of Pittsburgh January 18, the reward for four engineering grad students who cracked the ridiculously difficult “Colbert Super PAC Super Fun Pack” puzzle last year.
“We were used to the frustration of solving puzzles,” said Daniel Stough, a Penn Hills native who recently acquired his masters degree.
The others solving the treasure hunt puzzle, which led them to a field in Illinois, were Justine Buchman of Saylorburg, Pa.; Daniela Aizpitarte of Eagle, Idaho; and Benjamin Zaczek of Higganum, Conn.
The appearance by the star of Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” is not open to the public, although Pitt students and faculty with valid university I.D. will have the chance at 10 a.m. today to queue for tickets. Doors open an hour in advance of the 2 p.m. event next Friday at the Carnegie Music Hall.
Source: Post Gazette.
2012 was definitely a year to remember for all of us in Colbert Nation. It seems as though the show started to steer its own course this year. The tosses have ended and the show seems to be breaking away from its’ connection to Jon and The Daily Show. This year’s election show, much like in 2010, was not a joint venture between The Daily Show and TCR. In addition, there were many more “out of character” moments where it just felt as if Stephen couldn’t help but bust out of his persona and be himself. Moments like Hobbit week and dozens of musical acts and performances. As we look back to 2012, what do you all think of the direction the show took this year and where it may head next year?
Even though the show did appear to be cutting the ties to the Daily Show, we had some great moments between Stephen and Jon. It was almost just enough to satisfy those of us who still love to see these two great men working together.
Here is a recap of the best and most memorable moments in 2012.
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.