(Image Source: CNN)


BY ALLIE SPILLYARDS


“Stop Colbert!” —That’s the cry that rang out from House minority leader Nancy Pelosi’s office Thursday as she tried her hat at comedy in support of proposed legislation targeting campaign contributions.


“Since the day he started his Super PAC, taking secret money from special interests, he’s been out of control.” (Video Source: YouTube)

CNN’s Dana Bash has the details, calling the stunt against Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert just the latest charade in the “Alice in Wonderland” state of politics.

 

“The must-watch-it-to-believe it video features the House Democratic leader narrating under black and white pictures of Colbert, saying he ‘used to be my friend. I even signed the poor baby's cast....’ The kicker: with the now infamous picture of Pelosi on the couch with Newt Gingrich, Pelosi says Colbert ‘even used his super PAC to attack my friend Newt Gingrich.’”

 

Pelosi’s YouTube appearance was a call for Congress to pass the DISCLOSE Act — legislation born out of the Citizen’s United decision that allowed unlimited amounts of money to be given to independent groups supporting political candidates. Although it’s a parody, a writer for the Huffington Post claims Pelosi’s bottom line is the real deal.

“While Pelosi's pitch is satirical — Colbert's super PAC shenanigans are a tongue-in-cheek critique of the negative effects of the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling and Pelosi hasn't done much to reinforce her claim that Gingrich is, in fact, her ‘friend’ -- she is serious about the legislation.”

All jokes aside, the Washington Post thinks the legislation is a little off track. The writers say super PACs like Colbert’s are already legally required to disclose donors.

“...Pelosi’s charge that super PACs take ‘secret money from special interests’ is somewhat off the mark... The main target of the proposed disclosure requirements included in the original DISCLOSE Act were nonprofits, trade groups and other organizations that are not required to disclose donors ... because politics is not their ‘primary purpose.’”

And although many are waiting for Colbert’s rebuttal, Comedy Central’s Indecision Forever blog already has a response to Pelosi.

“I'm not so sure former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi wants to be playing with this kind of fire. Or this kind of magic lightning or whatever. Publicly coming out against super PACs has got to be kind of dangerous. But to come out against Stephen Colbert's super PAC? That's got to be like an anti-Colbert Bump times a zillion, right?”

The House passed the original legislation in June 2010, but it failed one month later in the Senate.

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Feb 10, 2012

Pelosi's 'Stop Colbert' Spoof Ad Goes Viral

(Image Source: CNN)


BY ALLIE SPILLYARDS


“Stop Colbert!” —That’s the cry that rang out from House minority leader Nancy Pelosi’s office Thursday as she tried her hat at comedy in support of proposed legislation targeting campaign contributions.


“Since the day he started his Super PAC, taking secret money from special interests, he’s been out of control.” (Video Source: YouTube)

CNN’s Dana Bash has the details, calling the stunt against Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert just the latest charade in the “Alice in Wonderland” state of politics.

 

“The must-watch-it-to-believe it video features the House Democratic leader narrating under black and white pictures of Colbert, saying he ‘used to be my friend. I even signed the poor baby's cast....’ The kicker: with the now infamous picture of Pelosi on the couch with Newt Gingrich, Pelosi says Colbert ‘even used his super PAC to attack my friend Newt Gingrich.’”

 

Pelosi’s YouTube appearance was a call for Congress to pass the DISCLOSE Act — legislation born out of the Citizen’s United decision that allowed unlimited amounts of money to be given to independent groups supporting political candidates. Although it’s a parody, a writer for the Huffington Post claims Pelosi’s bottom line is the real deal.

“While Pelosi's pitch is satirical — Colbert's super PAC shenanigans are a tongue-in-cheek critique of the negative effects of the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling and Pelosi hasn't done much to reinforce her claim that Gingrich is, in fact, her ‘friend’ -- she is serious about the legislation.”

All jokes aside, the Washington Post thinks the legislation is a little off track. The writers say super PACs like Colbert’s are already legally required to disclose donors.

“...Pelosi’s charge that super PACs take ‘secret money from special interests’ is somewhat off the mark... The main target of the proposed disclosure requirements included in the original DISCLOSE Act were nonprofits, trade groups and other organizations that are not required to disclose donors ... because politics is not their ‘primary purpose.’”

And although many are waiting for Colbert’s rebuttal, Comedy Central’s Indecision Forever blog already has a response to Pelosi.

“I'm not so sure former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi wants to be playing with this kind of fire. Or this kind of magic lightning or whatever. Publicly coming out against super PACs has got to be kind of dangerous. But to come out against Stephen Colbert's super PAC? That's got to be like an anti-Colbert Bump times a zillion, right?”

The House passed the original legislation in June 2010, but it failed one month later in the Senate.

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