On Wednesday, political comedian Stephen Colbert announced that his "super PAC," Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow, has raised $1.02 million for his satirical (?) campaign. In a memo accompanying the Federal Election Commission filing, Colbert expressed his enthusiasm over the benchmark: "How you like me now, FEC? I'm rolling seven digits deep! I got 99 problems but a non-connected independent-expenditure only committee ain't one!"
And what politician bravely came to Colbert's aid with a $500 donation to the cause? According to SFist, why, none other than San Francisco's very own Bruce Wayne, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom.
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Funds raised for Colbert's fictional campaign have been spent largely on a series of amusing campaign videos that aim to reveal the corruption, ambiguity and loophole tactics of political action committees and campaign financing -- a revelation that Newsom apparently supports.
In an email statement to SFist, Newsom confirmed his support for Colbert:
"I applaud Stephen Colbert exposing the absurdity of our current political financing system. I'm proud to support Colbert's message with a donation. And I like his haircut."
Check out a few of our favorite Stephen Colbert campaign ads, courtesy of Comedy Central, in the video slideshow below: