Stephen Colbert to Donate Super PAC Money to Charity and Nonprofits
Stephen Colbert did his part in 2012 to make super PACs something to talk about, even going so far as to create his own super PAC, Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow (which spurred several knockoff super PACs, including Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Yesterday and Cats for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow).
Colbert's PAC got a lot of attention. It raised awareness about loosened campaign finance laws after the Supreme Court's decision in the Citizen's United case, along with some actual money, which Colbert announced on his talk-show he plans to donate to charity.
Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow had about $800,000 left in its coffers when the group filed its termination report with the Federal Elections Commission in November. On Thursday, Colbert announced he planned to donate $125,000 to three organizations working toward superstorm Sandy relief: Habitat for Humanity, Team Rubicon's Sandy outreach and DonorsChoose.org's Sandy relief fund.
The remaining money will be split between the Yellow Ribbon Fund, an organization that assists injured veterans and their families, and two nonprofit groups that focus on transparency and campaign finance reform - the Campaign Legal Center and the Center for Responsive Politics.