Colbert Super Pac
July 6, 2011 by staff
Colbert Super Pac, For people who are not immediately bored with the campaign finance laws is a sign that a great comedian Stephen Colbert is famous as out of their way to draw attention to the issue. Perhaps they are jealous that a comedian might be able to make the public mad about it after they have done for years, but some in the press are actually taking issue with the fun of Colbert.
Dana Milbank in The Washington Post: Standing on a platform outside the Federal Election Commission, Colbert boasted how he had won the blessing of the FEC to create a “SUPERPAC” to raise unlimited funds. “I have a joke federal election law, if you would like to hear,” offered by the new head of SUPERPAC Colbert.
“Knock Knock” said Colbert.
“Who’s there?” Answered the crowd of about 200.
“Unlimited union and corporate contributions to the campaign.”
“Unlimited union and corporate contributions to the campaign?”
“That’s the thing,” said Colbert. “I do not think I have to say.”
Pretty good, an anonymous donor jokes go. The Pac Man returned to his campaign speech. “I do not accept the limits of my freedom of expression,” he said. “But we do not accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express. Fifty dollars or less, please, because then you have to keep track of who gave it to me.”
Milbank has a problem with cutting the pen of Colbert on this. He thinks that the farce that is our system of campaign financing makes a failed strategy to try to parody it. It is sad the efforts of Colbert, as they are not as bad as, for example, Karl Rove U.S. Super PAC crossroads.
You’re right about that, but I could not disagree with him more in the picture. People have been trying to do campaign finance laws attractive enough for the public to pay attention for long. McCain had limited success with this for a while, but at the same time his bill McCain-Feingold reform has given us two steps forward, no doubt have come at least one step back since.
I would say that we have regressed more like 3 or 4 steps. Milbank completely misses the point here. Taking something as absurd as our system of campaign finance twisted, and stratification of parody makes it better, not worse. Anything that draws attention to the problem in a way that leads to more people gain a basic understanding of some of its weaknesses is a great achievement for those of us who want reform.
After helping to form, and ran a 501 (c) 4 Super PAC me, I can tell you: The system is as bad as people say it is. People like George Soros and the Koch brothers actually have peopled drive across the country looking for places to put money that will further their causes.
I should know, the campaign ran voter registration took money from stranger money from Soros, among others. And there’s a whole industry of people who are only job is to build relationships and connections with the sources of money so they can channel money to organizations that hire them (and take a piece of good fat from the top by themselves).
The system is not broken … works exactly like the people you love. It is a well oiled, and incredibly powerful, a manufacturing machine of corruption.
It need not be. Polls show the public is overwhelmingly against the law in its current form, the main obstacle blocking the reform is that people just are not active enough about it, and there is no organized outcry promotes reform.
Supreme Court rulings have made it so you probably can only work around the edges of the issue, but public disagreement with the ruling Citizens United, which gave the company about the personality and allows them to spend unlimited amounts on campaigns, at around 80%, a constitutional amendment is not at all out of the question. In fact, what has to happen?
The media has failed here, not the most important political figures have made it their mission to promote reform. Maybe a comic will succeed in awakening the reform movement we need, where all else has failed.
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