Argue all you want over whether Jon Stewart is a politician, but Stephen Colbert most definitely is. Or should I say, "Stephen Colbert," the character Colbert portrays on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report.
This morning in Washington, D.C., the Federal Elections Commission officially voted to grant his request to form a Super Political Action Committee (or Super PAC). Here's the raw video, provided by the Associated Press, as the FEC approves Colbert and then Colbert hands in his paperwork.
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On last night's episode of The Colbert Report, Colbert explains what he planned to do with his Super PAC, after the U.S. Supreme Court gave the OK for Super PACs to produce independent political advertising…
The separate votes by the FEC gave Colbert's Super PAC a narrow window within which to work, because he works for and on a TV network. He gets an exemption for any ads produced for and shown on his own program. Anything produced by Viacom (Comedy Central's parent) cannot be shown elsewhere — even on Comedy Central — unless the Super PAC discloses those costs.
And here was the raw video of Colbert addressing fans outside the FEC building today. You can be sure he'll also have something more to say on Comedy Central tonight. For now, roll it.