Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Serious Implications of Stephen Colbert's FEC Stunt

Stephen Colbert, in full character as the prototypical conservative pundit, appeared at the Federal Election Commission after filing paperwork for his political action committee, the "Colbert Super-PAC."

Colbert was there to determine if his airtime on Comedy Central would be considered a campaign contribution from the network's parent company Viacom, or if it would fall under the so-called "media exception" that allows newspapers, blogs, radio show hosts and others considered media to urge votes for or against candidates. 

It was a typical Colbert stunt. In an address to a crowd of several hundred, he declared he was motivated by the "American dream."