For several months now, Stephen Colbert has been shining a satirical light on Citizens United and our, face it, completely anti-democratic electoral system. He started by forming a Super PAC, which allowed him to essentially raise unlimited cash and pretty much do whatever he wanted with it.
Until last night, that Super PAC was sort of on ice…collecting money, but not doing much, if anything, with it. This week, Colbert received a jolt of energy when polls showed him leading Jon Huntsman in South Carolina (Colbert’s home state). Never one to let an opportunity pass him by, Colbert consulted with his lawyer, former McCain campaign attorney, Trevor Potter. Potter advised Colbert that he can keep his Super PAC and run for President, as long as he didn’t coordinate with his Super PAC. So, not wanting to create the appearance of “electoral skullduggery,” Colbert appointed Jon Stewart and renamed it “The Definitely Not Coordinating With Stephen Colbert Super PAC.”
When asked if Stewart can run ads supporting Colbert, Potter responded, “Yes you can, as long as you do not coordinate.” Stewart went on to ask if he could hire the original Super PAC staff, the answer, of course, “yes.”
Then Colbert declared that he is definitely maybe running for President:
“Now that that is all cleared up, nation — I have a major announcement to make. For over a day now, the people of South Carolina have been crying out for someone who can restore our nation’s former greatness to its current perfection. Well, America, that someone is now! I am proud to announce that I am forming an exploratory committee to lay the groundwork for my possible candidacy for the President of the United States of South Carolina! Whooo, whooo, whooo! And with your help, and possibly the help of some sort of outside group that I am not coordinating with, we can explore taking this country back! Thank you. God bless you all! And God bless Citizens United!”