Bill Maher Yahoo, Faux news host Stephen Colbert isnâ€™t the only comedian with a super PAC connection. Political satirist Bill Maher got into the act Thursday night, pledging $1 million to a political committee supporting President Barack Obama.
Maher announced during a Yahoo-webcast special, â€śCrazyStupidPolitics,â€ť that he was giving $1 million to Priorities USA Action, a super political action committee backing the president. Even as he made his sizeable pledge, Maher mocked the committeeâ€™s â€śtongue-twister name,â€ť joking that it was dreamed up by Borat, the English-addled Eastern European comic creation of Sacha Baron Cohen.
A cynic on politics who often takes liberal stands on issues on his HBO talk show â€śReal Time,â€ť Maher joins Dreamworks Animation executive Jeffrey Katzenberg and the Service Employees International Union as the committeeâ€™s top funders. Katzenberg gave the group $2 million, and the union donated $1 million.
Priorities USA Action officials were not immediately available for comment.
Colbert created and funded his super PAC â€” Making a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow â€” to satirize the unfettered flow of corporate and union funds into political campaigns.