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For Stephen Colbert, it's a better tomorrow, today.
The comedian was excluded from the South Carolina GOP primary on a technicality, and the "Colbert bump" didn't push endorsee Herman Cain over the top. But Colbert's super PAC — Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow — has reported a staggering $1.02 million in contributions to the Federal Election Commission.
“We raised it on my show and used it to materially influence the elections — in full accordance with the law," Colbert said in a press release. "It’s the way our founding fathers would have wanted it, if they had founded corporations instead of just a country."
For months, Colbert and Jon Stewart, who held the purse strings of "The Definitely Not Coordinating With Stephen Colbert Super PAC," have satirized the influence of big money in American politics. The PAC's site calls it "the most action-packed TV crossover since that time Urkel guest-starred on Full House."
From encouraging Iowa primary voters to write-in "Rick Parry" (instead of Rick Perry) to labeling Mitt Romney a serial killer, Colbert successfully turned this election season into more of a joke than it is already. And raised a fortune in the process.