12/14/2012 10:34 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Stephen Colbert Puts Super PAC Cash Into 'Ham Rove Memorial Fund' For Transparency, Sandy Relief

Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert announced Thursday that he was placing the leftover funds from his recently disassembled super PAC into the "Ham Rove Memorial Fund," which would go toward Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts and initiatives to promote transparency for money in politics.

Colbert described the development during his show on Thursday night, highlighting the fact that the secrecy afforded him by the super PAC apparatus allowed him to channel the money from one source to another without much, if any, oversight.

(Watch the "Colbert Report" segment below)

The fund, created in honor of a spectacled block of ham named after its likeness to GOP strategist Karl Rove -- which Colbert eventually offed unceremoniously after the election -- totalled $773,704.83.

In a press release, Colbert described the causes the fund was supporting.

Hurricane Sandy was much like Ham Rove: Cold, cruel, salty, and the cause of untold devastation. In his honor, Donors Choose, Team Rubicon, and Habitat For Humanity will each receive $125,000 to assist with their Sandy relief efforts.

We'll also be donating $125,000 to the Yellow Ribbon Fund, which serves wounded soldiers and their families. My attempts to get a matching donation to the Blue Ribbon Fund, which serves me frosty cans of PBR, were not successful.

The remaining money will be split between two pro-transparency groups who fight against the corrupting influence of outside money in politics. Luckily, they were both fine with the corrupting influence of outside money in their offices. As per his wishes, the Center for Responsive Politics has officially renamed their meeting space "The Colbert Super Pac Memorial Conference Room." And the Campaign Legal Center will, from here on out, be home to "The Ham Rove Memorial Conference Room."




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