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Campaign 2012

Stephen Colbert Shuts Down Super PAC


Stephen Colbert, host of The Colbert Report on Comedy Central, stopped at the Federal Elections Commission in Washington, DC to file paperwork to form a super PAC on Friday, May 13, 2011.(Chet Susslin)

Comedian Stephen Colbert announced late on Monday that he was shutting down his super PAC because of the death of its fictional adviser and chief strategist, Ham Rove.

Describing the death of his senior adviser, which on his Comedy Central show is portrayed as an actual ham with glasses, Colbert said he was “at a loss for unsubpoenaed words.”


“Authorities believe he repeatedly tripped and fell onto a knife several dozen times,” Colbert said in an email to supporters. “Later some dogs ate him. It was all quite tragic.”

Colbert Super PAC ran several ads during the Republican presidential primary and raised millions of dollars.

“Due to Ham Rove's timely passing, I am announcing that Colbert Super PAC is shutting down effective immediately,” he continued in the email to supporters. “During this time of mourning, we ask that you respect our privacy, and more importantly, the privacy of our money. It wishes to stay out of the public eye, so please don't go trying to find it. Rest assured, you won't. We have a really good lawyer.”


Colbert originally set up the super PAC to highlight the absurdities in U.S. campaign finance law.

Colbert Kills Ham Rove and Ends His Super PAC

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