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Stephen Colbert's Super PAC Comes to Austin

A UT chapter of the Colbert Super PAC was announced yesterday.
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A UT chapter of the Colbert Super PAC was announced yesterday.

Political satirist Stephen Colbert has made plenty of mischief in the Republican presidential primary with his real-life political action committee. And now the mischief is spreading to the University of Texas.

Last night, the “Colbert Report” host announced he was encouraging college chapter PACs to operate under the umbrella of his Super PAC, Americans for A Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow. The motivation was an email Colbert shared with his audience from UT student Paul Benefiel, who cited “an overwhelming urge” to open a Colbert PAC on the 40 Acres. And with that, Colbert gave his imprimatur to Texans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow.

Arising from the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark “Citizens United” decision striking down a prohibition on corporate contributions to political action committees, opponents argue Super PACs distort the electoral landscape by drastically increasing the expense of campaigns.

Colbert has used his Super PAC to draw attention to the issue; in his announcement last night, he shilled for a real  Super Pac Super Fun Pack that costs $99. It includes “all the necessary legal documents to create your own Super PAC which is. ..uh, one,” Colbert said.

That said, Colbert has used his PAC to make mischief in the primary, encouraging Iowa voters to write-in candidate “Rick Parry,” and endorsing the candidacy of Herman Cain after he dropped out of the race.

You can view Colbert’s announcement of Texans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow on the Comedy Central website

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Wells has been a part of KUT News since 2012, when he was hired as the station's first online reporter. He's currently the social media host and producer for Texas Standard, KUT's flagship news program. In between those gigs, he served as online editor for KUT, covering news in Austin, Central Texas and beyond.
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