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Colbert gives super PAC funds to charities

Dec. 14, 2012 at 9:27 AM   |   Comments

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WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Comedian Stephen Colbert said he'll donate much of the $770,000 left at the political action committee supporting his faux presidential campaign to charity.

The "Colbert Report" host said Thursday:

-- $125,000 will go to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts run by Donors Choose, Team Rubicon and Habitat for Humanity.

-- The Yellow Ribbon Fund, a charity for injured veterans, will receive $125,000.

-- The remainder of the funds will be split between the Center for Responsive Politics and the Campaign Legal Center.

The Campaign Legal Center, which tracks campaign finance laws, was founded by Trevor Potter, who advised Colbert on his super PAC, The Hill reported.

Colbert created some caveats to the donations.

The Center for Responsive Politics must rename a conference room the "Colbert Super PAC Memorial Conference Room," and the Campaign Legal Center must name a meeting space the "Ham Rove Memorial Conference Room," The Hill reported.

"Ham Rove" is a fictional character Colbert created -- based on President George W. Bush's adviser Karl Rove.

"As the tidal wave of money continues to engulf politics and these advocates for transparency are moaning about how powerless they are to top it, little Ham here will be watching it all unfold with relish -- and maybe a little bit of dijon," Colbert said.

Colbert's super PAC raised more than $1.2 million throughout the 2012 election season. Some of the money was used for air time to promote his faux presidential run during the Republican primary in South Carolina.

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