Last year, Stephen Colbert created a Super PAC–a contribution vehicle to hold donations to a political candidate during an election–as part of his satire-or-not? campaign for the United States presidency.
In January, it reached $1 million.
But now that the election is over, $773,704.03 remains in his Super PAC, “Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow.” (Actually, the money was anonymously donated to the Ham Rove Memorial Fund, a fund established for Colbert’s late “chief strategist and principal lunch meat,” a can of ham called Ham Rove.) Without a campaign to pursue, what’s a candidate to do?
Donate to charity. That’s what Colbert will do with his funds: Politico reports that the comedian will donate $125,000 each to the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts of charities DonorsChoose.org, Team Rubicon and Habitat for Humanity and to Yellow Ribbon Fund, an organization that helps injured military members.
Another $125,000 each will go to the Center for Responsive Politics and the Campaign Legal Center, which is run by the legal counsel for Colbert’s super PAC. Neither is a charity like the organizations listed above, but Colbert announced that as thanks for the donation, each group would rename a conference room in his honor: the “Colbert Super PAC Memorial Conference Room” and the “Ham Rove Memorial Conference Room,” respectively.