Monday, June 27, 2011

Stephen Colbert to appear before FEC this Thursday

Stephen Colbert will appear before the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) on Thursday to seek a special exemption for his "super PAC" so that he can speak about the political action committee on The Colbert Report without requiring Viacom, Comedy Central's parent company, to report any costs related to the PAC.

Colbert's request is driven in part by Karl Rove's press exemption to talking about his own PAC, American Crossroads, on Fox News.

This is not the first time Stephen Colbert has offered testimony in Washington. Recall that in September 2010 Colbert appeared before the House Judiciary Committee to talk about immigration reform and his one day stint as a farm worker in upstate New York. Here's a video of Colbert's testimony:

Colbert's testimony received a fair amount of media coverage last fall and a fair amount of criticism as well. Look for the same after this Thursday's appearance before the FEC.

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