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Here Are Stephen Colbert's Super PAC Campaign Finance Documents

I admit there's almost no Broward/Palm Beach connection to the super PAC run by Comedy Central satirist Stephen Colbert, but I'm going to be waist-deep in South Florida's disclosure forms for a while, so hopefully this will tide you over.

Though the forms cover July through December 2011 only, the cover sheet to Colbert's forms says the PAC has raised just over a million dollars as of yesterday, an unnecessary disclosure that seems to indicate that they knew lots of folks would be looking at the packet.

Well, that and a statement attached to the forms from Colbert that says, "Yeah! How you

 like me now, F.E.C? I'm rolling seven digits deep! I got 99 problems but a non-connected independent-expenditure only committee ain't one!'' His treasurer, who is an actual, real-life lawyer, followed that up with, "I would like it noted for the record that I advised Mr. Colbert against including that quote."

The organization is required to disclose donations of $200 or more, of which Florida had six between July and December, including $1,000 from Sarasota deli magnate Frank Brunckhorst (the Boar's Head meat guy) and $250 from Simon Sherr, the Orlando-based videogame animator who oversaw EA Sports' Madden 09 and Madden 10.

Today is the deadline to file year-end campaign finance documents for all PACs and candidates for both Congress and the presidency; the filings outline donations and spending in the last quarter of 2011. None of the candidates' documents are available yet, but a news release from Rep. Allen West earlier this month claimed he raised $1.75 million in the fourth quarter and comes into 2012 with $2.7 million in his war chest. Stay tuned for more info as it comes in.

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