Since creating his Super PAC "Making a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow" last year, Stephen Colbert has captured news headlines as a prominent comedian and satirist seeking to influence the 2012 election. Now comedian Bill Maher is following suit.
The comedian and popular talk show host announced at a stand up comedy show on Thursday that he will donate $1 million to Priorities USA Action, a pro-Obama Super PAC. The concert was held in San Jose and streamed live on Yahoo.
"My surprise tonight is I would like to tonight announce a donation to the Obama Super PAC — which has the very unfortunate tongue-twister name ‘Priority (sic) USA Action’,” Maher said. “I know, it was named by Borat. But tonight I would like to give that PAC one million dollars.”
Maher's donation comes just weeks after President Barack Obama reversed course and urged his supporters to donate to Super PACs to compete with Mitt Romney's Republican fundraising machine. His contribution is a sign that high-profile comedians, including Colbert, Maher, and Jon Stewart, will play an influential role in the 2012 election.
While Romney courts Wall Street backers, President Obama is turning to celebrity and Hollywood endorsements in California to remain competitive.
Maher’s million dollar contribution will serve as a significant boost to the Super PAC, which only raised $59K in January according to a report filed with the Federal Election Commission. The organization raised just $4.1 million in 2011, relying largely on contributions from Dreamworks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg who gave $2 million and director Steven Spielberg who chipped in $100,000.
Publicist Sarah Fuller later told Deadline Hollywood that Maher considers the donation “the wisest investment” he could make, saying that keeping Obama in the White House is “worth a million dollars” compared with the Republican alternative.
Maher has consistently chastised the Republicans running for president in 2012 on his show "CrazyStupidPolitics." In an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, he said that other than Ron Paul, the Republican candidates running for president have “horrible society killing ideas about America.”
Check out the interview on June 14 with Anderson Cooper 360 on CNN here: