Stephen Colbert’s FEC report Big money!

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No kidding: Comedian Stephen Colbert’s satirical super PAC raised some serious cash.

Between July 1 and Dec. 31, Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow collected more than $825,400, ending the year with nearly $674,000 cash on hand, according to disclosures filed over night with the Federal Election Commission.

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and actor Bradley Whitford of “West Wing” fame are among the super PAC’s contributors.

Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow also received ostensibly corporate contributions, including $314 from Bestdamntutoring.com in Texas and $400 from an outfit called the Sticky Fingers Band of Brunswick, Maine. Continue Reading…

New ‘Bachelorette’ Emily Maynard Announced on ‘GMA’

Start filling out your applications, boys! Emily Maynard, a fan favorite from Brad Womack’s season of “The Bachelor,” will be the next “Bachelorette,” ABC officially announced today on “Good Morning America.”

“I think she’s America’s sweetheart and I think it will be a home run,” host Chris Harrison said on “GMA.”

Maynard, a single mom from Charlotte, N.C. who ended her tumultuous relationship with Womack, 38, last summer, has signed on to star in the eighth installment of the hit reality show, which will premiere this spring. She will be the first single mom to star in the series.

“Emily feels incredibly grateful to have found her first love when she was very young, and despite not having dated a lot, knows what it’s like to be truly in love,” ABC said in a press release today. “In the past seven years, she has been looking for someone with the same spark she has for life, and she believes that she will find her soul mate on ‘The Bachelorette.’” Continue Reading…

TV Chef Paula Deen Discloses Diabetes Diagnosis

TV Chef Paula Deen Discloses Diabetes Diagnosis: Paula Deen, the Southern belle of butter and heavy cream, is making no apologies for waiting three years to disclose she has diabetes while continuing to dish up deep-fried cheesecake and other high-calorie, high-fat recipes on TV.

She said she isn’t changing the comfort cooking that made her a star, though it isn’t clear how much of it she’ll continue to eat while she promotes health-conscious recipes along with a diabetes drug she’s endorsing for a Danish company. Continue Reading…

Stephen Colbert’s Super PAC Starts Buying Up South Carolina Airtime

Stephen Colbert’s Super PAC Starts Buying Up South Carolina Airtime: Stephen Colbert is putting his money where his mockery is — or, at least, his super PAC is.

On his Comedy Central show Thursday night Colbert announced “an exploratory committee to lay the groundwork” for his “possible candidacy for president of the United States of South Carolina.” He also handed control of his super PAC, Citizens for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow, over to his colleague, Jon Stewart, host of “The Daily Show.”

ABC News has learned that the group is already buying up television air time in South Carolina. A source tracking ad buys in early primary states told ABC that the super PAC has purchased nearly $10,000 worth of time on a broadcast station in the Charleston, S.C. area between Jan. 15 and Jan. 19.

And according to a South Carolina news web site, the Palmetto Public Record, the super PAC is also reportedly “negotiating a substantial media buy in the Columbia market.”