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.