The Federal Election Commission granted Stephen Colbert permission to set up his own political action committee, Colbert Super PAC. No joke.
The Comedy Central host appeared at a meeting with the FEC today in Washington D.C. with his personal attorney at his side. The commission voted in-favor of the comedian in a 5-1 vote.
Colbert can run ads for his Super PAC on his program, The Colbert Report, without disclosing contributions from Comedy Central or its parent company, Viacom. If they run ads elsewhere, let’s say at Papa Bear’s network Fox News, Comedy Central and Viacom must disclose administrative and financial contributions.
There’s some haziness here, as to public figures at the center of Super PACs and their ties to corporate benefactors.
We’ll discuss the Colbert Super PAC tonight with The Huffington Post’s Alex Wagner. Tune in at 8pm ET.