Stephen Colbert’s back on top — of his super PAC, anyway.
After a thrilling chase that took them from their Comedy Central studios to the streets of New York — where their stunt double exhibited some impressive Parkour skills — and to the set of “The View,” Colbert and colleague Jon Stewart had a final, dramatic face-off that saw Colbert reclaiming control of his “Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow Super PAC,” which he created to shine a harsh, satirical light on the role corporations play in the post-Citizens United United States.
“Earlier tonight, I confronted Jon Stewart on ‘The Daily Show,’ and chased him all the way to The Colbert Report, in the most action-packed TV crossover since that time Urkel guest-starred on Full House,” Colbert wrote on his super PAC’s website. “The way I see it, the Supreme Court said that money is speech, and Jon Stewart was hogging all my speech. Now I’ve taken that speech from Jon, making him like that movie ‘The Artist’: French.”
In addition to taking control of what was briefly known as The Definitely Not Coordinating With Stephen Colbert Super PAC, Colbert and company filed official FEC finance papers showing the organization has raised $1,023,121.24. According to the document, available over at the New York Times, some of those Hollywood elite have pumped big bucks into Colbert’s organization: Laura Sangiacomo from “Hot in Cleveland” forked over $250, while Bradley Whitford from “The West Wing” gave $500. Gavin Newsom, California’s lieutenant governor, also shelled out $500.
Colbert, you’ll recall, gave Jon Stewart control of the super PAC earlier this month so that he could run for president of South Carolina, a race Colbert ultimately lost. Now that he’s reclaimed the reins and has taken in such a big haul, Colbert remarked, ”Yeah! How you like me now, F.E.C? I’m rolling seven digits deep! I got 99 problems but a non-connected independent-expenditure only committee ain’t one!”
Here are overlapping videos of the great chase, which began with Colbert appearing on Stewart’s stage, channeling Liam Neeson’s “Taken” character and demanding his super PAC’s return. That small bit, sadly, is not in these videos, but you get the idea…