After polling ahead of Jon Huntsman, comedian Stephen Colbert has decided to explore entering the South Carolina Republican presidential primary race. Turns out, he’s missed the deadline to enter the race.
But his would-have-been candidacy sheds some light on how super PACs work. Noting that it’s expressly forbidden for super PACs to coordinate with the candidates they’re supporting, Colbert passed off stewardship of his super PAC to someone he’s definitely not coordinating with: fellow Comedy Central fake news host, Jon Stewart.
According to lawyer Trevor Potter, this is legal despite the fact that Colbert and Stewart are “business partners” and obviously close friends.
Still, the “Definitely Not Coordinating with Stephen Colbert Super PAC” has a more promising opportunity to change American politics than Colbert’s own candidacy might have.
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