Move over Mitt, there's a new game in town. Stephen Colbert announced on “The Colbert Report” that he is forming an exploratory committee to "lay the groundwork for my possible candidacy for president of the United States of America of South Carolina.”
Former Federal Election Commission chairman Trevor Potter acted as Colbert’s lawyer during his guest-appearance on the show. “You cannot be a candidate and run a super PAC,” Potter said. “That would be coordinating with yourself.”
So what will Colbert do if he can't "coordinate with himself?" Well, ask fellow Comedy Central host Jon Stewart to head up his super PAC instead -- that's what.
“This is a difficult decision. I've talked it over with my money. I've talked it over with my spiritual adviser,” Colbert mocked.
He added the disclaimer:
Colbert’s super PAC is Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow. His 501(c)4 is the Colbert Super PAC SHH [as in “shh”] Institute.
The comedic stunt was likely meant to highlight what Colbert considers the ridiculous nature of U.S. election law.