Comedian Stephen Colbert’s new Super PAC wants Iowans to write in Rick Parry at the Ames Straw Poll.
That’s Parry, with an "A."
The first Americans For A Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow spot pokes fun at over-the-top campaign ads, other political action committees backing the Texas Governor, and the specifics of the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling.
“They think they can buy your vote with their unlimited Super PAC money.... What about our unlimited super PAC money?” the narrator asks in the ad. “We want you to vote for Rick Perry, too. But not their Rick Perry—our Rick Parry!” The ad asks viewers to write in Parry, “with an A, for America!”
Under the Citizens United decision, "super" political-action committees can raise and spend unlimited funds as long as they don’t coordinate with candidates or campaigns.
"I called dibs on Rick Parry a long time ago," Colbert said in a statement, CNN reported on Wednesday. "We’re asking voters to write in Parry with an A—as in America, IowA, or PresidAnt. You can feel confident that he’s not asking us to do that."
Colbert's ad, called "Episode IV: A New Hope," in homage to Star Wars, began airing on Wednesday in the Des Moines area. The Federal Election Commission granted the Comedy Central star's request to form a super PAC in June.