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Cathleen Kaveny June 30, 2011 - 8:13am
Here is the letter filed by Caplin & Drysdale with the Federal Election Commissionon behalf of Stephen Colbert, who is in D.C. testifying before that body today. It's very funny-especially for a legal document.I can only say that there are some very lucky summer associates at Caplin who get to be in on this one!I hope they get to go to New York for a taping.
Yes, it's funny. But the whole thing seems predicated on The Colbert Report's treating fantasy as fact -- as if Stephen-the-Character is real and needs real government approval for fantasy political actions, especially endorsements.Will the FCC take this seriously? How could it?Or does Stephen always act as Stephen-the-Character? Sometimes the real Stephen comes through loud and clear to me.
Stephen's request was just approved 5-3 :-)
Oh, Stephen Colbert knows exactly what he is doing. He is proving that anybody can get a SuperPAC. His character is to satirize the Republicans. With this new ruling in his favor, he has fodder to last until the next election. Way to go, Stephen Colbert!
Cathleen Kaveny is the Darald and Juliet Libby Professor in the Theology Department and Law School at Boston College.
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