What’s next with Colbert’s super PAC?


Will there be a final, hilarious punchline for Stephen Colbert’s satirical super PAC?

The comedian and host of Comedy Central’s “Colbert Report”, who grew up in Charleston, isn’t saying.

But Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow — the committee Colbert created that may raise and spend unlimited amounts of money to promote or attack political candidates — was sitting on more than $776,000 going into October, a new filing with the Federal Election Commission indicates.

That’s serious money: enough, for example, to produce and broadcast numerous television advertisements from now through Election Day in major presidential swing state markets.

Like it has for much of this year, Colbert’s super PAC barely spent any money in September — a departure from late 2011 and early 2012 when, for example, it produced TV ads touting Colbert’s short-lived (and decidely fake) presidential campaign. Hundreds of Colbert fans donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to his super PAC during this time.

Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow also spawned a number of copycat super PACs, many intent not on spending massive amounts of money to sway political races, but to win a contest aimed at college students where the prize was a visit from Colbert himself.

Dave Levinthal is a reporter for POLITICO. The Post and Courier and POLITICO are sharing content for the 2012 presidential campaign cycle.