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Is Stephen Colbert Breaking the Law?

In Are you kidding me?, Election 2008, Humor, news, Politics, Television on October 19, 2007 at 12:20 pm


Now don’t get me wrong, I love Stephen Colbert. I have had him on my blogroll since I began this site and I watch his show frequently. However, we he announced his plans to run for president in South Carolina earlier this week, all I could think of was, “What the hell?” I have also joked that I would support the [Jon] Stewart/Colbert ticket but like many, I would support them in the same faux-style as they run their Comedy Central shows. How far is he taking this? Is he still joking? Is this just a way to promote his new book? Is he breaking and election and campaign finance election laws?

Kenneth Vogel of The Politico has his take:

If he continues moving toward a presidential campaign, particularly if he, or Comedy Central, keeps spending money exploring and promoting by hyping it on his nightly half-hour news parody show, he could get himself and his network in trouble for violating election laws, including those barring corporate campaign contributions.

“You don’t get a different set of rules because you’re running as a joke,” said Marc Elias, a leading Washington election lawyer who represents Democratic candidates.

“You may get a different set of rules because it’s a joke and you’re not really running,” said Elias, who stressed he was not speaking for any client. “But if it isn’t a joke, then there may be any number of issues.”

How far is too far? Aside from possibly breaking the law (if indeed this is not a comedy stunt), can he screw things up in the South Carolina primary? What do you think?

For the full story from the Politico, read here.

  1. If supporting Stephen Colbert’s satirical and potentially illegal run for the White House is wrong…

    … then, baby, I don’t wanna be right.

  2. That’s America for you, isn’t it?

  3. Ridiculous as this is…Indeed!

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