Stephen Colbert wants to use his celebrity status for his home state South Carolina. The Colbert Report host has offered $500,000
to go towards the Republican Primary ballot. All he wants is to rename the ballot, “ The Colbert Super PAC South Carolina Republican Primary”. Colbert has said that the GOP had signed the deal, but an email sent to the LA times tells a different story.
GOP Executive director Matt Moore says that Colbert called out of the blue and tried to make the deal. While the GOP committee did meet with him they decided not to move forward on the proposal. They believed that, “it was not in the state’s interest.” Colbert writes about the circumstance of his meeting with the GOP and the results in this guest editorial for the local South Carolina newspaper
It looks like South Carolina will get it’s primary without paying a dime. Colbert is offring the $500K to cover costs to the county to hold the primary. It will be interesting to see if the democrats succeed in getting the non-binding referendum back on the ballot. The referendum asks a simple question to voters; Are corporations people or are people people. While the vote won’t make a legal difference it could open up debate in the country over current laws that protect corporations.
It this charity or publicity stunt? Stephen Colbert plays his character “Stephen Colbert” close to the cuff. He has filled in the background of his character with many details of his own life, including his catholic upbringing and eleven siblings. The character is used as a device to mock political pundits such as Bill O’ Riley. What does seem clea in this circumstance is his commitment to comedy and political dialogue.