Maher puts one-million dollars behind pro-Obama Super PAC
February 24th, 2012
03:58 AM ET
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Maher puts one-million dollars behind pro-Obama Super PAC

Washington (CNN) – Comedian Bill Maher is putting his money where his mouth is.

The comedian and talk show host who has long railed on the weakness of the Republican presidential field announced at a stand up comedy show on Thursday that he would donate $1 million to Priorities USA Action, a pro-Obama Super PAC.

“My surprise tonight is I would like to tonight announce a donation to the Obama Super PAC—which has the very unfortunate tongue-twister name ‘Priority (sic) USA Action’,” Maher said. “I know, it was named by Borat. But tonight I would like to give that PAC one million dollars.”

The concert, which was live streamed on Yahoo!, was held in San Jose, California and was billed by Yahoo! as the first stand-up comedy concert to be streamed live online.

In a tweet after the event, Maher said the announcement was a surprise to the Yahoo! organizers.

“Thank u everybody who's hit me up after the show, and a great San Jose audience. Obama donation was a surprise to Yahoo too fyi!”

Maher, whose comedy show is called “CrazyStupidPolitics,” has not been shy about his opinions of the 2012 race and when he spoke with CNN's Anderson Cooper, he said that other than Ron Paul, the Republican candidates running for president have “horrible society killing ideas about America.”

“The rest of those people are, of course, selling their souls to the corporate interests who back them,” Maher said. “They all act like god created the world in January of 2009, and then Barack Obama completely screwed it up.”

When asked in the same interview who he thought was going to win the 2012 election, Maher quickly tapped the president as the eventual winner.

“My money is still on Mitt Romney,” said Maher when asked who the eventual Republican nominee. “And I think he’s going to get the nomination, and then I think Obama is going to beat him like a runaway sister wife, yes, I do.”

Maher’s million dollar donation will substantially boost the coffers of the Super PAC which raised only $58,815.83 in January, according to a report filed earlier in the week with the Federal Election Commission.

- CNN’s Matthew Carey contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Bill Maher • President Obama
soundoff (397 Responses)
  1. Investment Advisor

    @ Denna- Ouch!!!

    February 24, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  2. Ben

    My dog knows more about politics than Bill Maher. He should stick to what he's good at, which is nothing.

    February 24, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  3. Gaylon Barrow

    This nimrod really enjoys showing what an brainless freak he is. The worse part is he really thinks he's a funny person. FUNNY, YES BUT NOT IN A NORMAL ASPECT.

    February 24, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  4. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    DENNA - Nothing is free.
    hey, tell it to the Democrats and the 49% of the people not paying any federal income taxes in this country. And while you're at it, try to clue in the 160 million in the USA receiving some sort of government check or assistance. Your help is greatly appreciated!

    February 24, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  5. Ben

    Martin – "Things are starting to move in the right direction again. Well done, Mr Maher. I continue to be an admirer."

    Then you continue to be an idiot.

    February 24, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  6. The Logical Truth

    Bill Maher is the man!

    February 24, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  7. Rick in Az

    "They act like god created the world in January 2009 & Obama came along & completley screwed it up."

    Comming from an Independent, I can honestly say that is part of the reason we a lot of independents are leaning towards Obama again. After watching that fiasco of a debate out here in Arizona this week, it appears that other than Ron Paul the rest of the candidates would spend their prediency trying to get into my bedroom and blaming Obama for what Bush did.

    February 24, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  8. Martin

    If the USA evolved into a THEOCRACY, the founding fathers would be absolutely jumping for joy.

    February 24, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  9. Ben

    The King – " love the perspective from the alternative reality inside the delusional right wing bubble. Equal parts comedy and pathetic."

    No, what's really pathetic are the left-wing losers you support.

    February 24, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  10. dd

    nothing like buying a president...yikes , this country is screwed.

    February 24, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  11. Ben

    Jeremy – "I love Bill Maher, he should be the staple of rational thought whenever religion or politics are discussed. At least he is using his money for good instead of evil."

    LOL!!! What a joke! If this is your idea of rational thought you seriously need to put the crack pipe down.

    February 24, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  12. Ray In Phx

    Hey, if Obama has such an easy win ahead, why the panic move of tossing a MILLION bucks in to a super PAC that could only raise 50K last month. HAHAHAHA Just another Libtard...who cares.

    February 24, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  13. DM

    Classic Maher.
    It's pretty juvenile to throw a "Sister Wives" ad hominem attack at Romney. The "Sister Wives" clan are not part of Romney's faith (they are not "Mormon," rather they are part of the "Apostolic United Bretheren"); if they were, they would be excommunicated. I guess Maher views it as okay to get a cheap laugh at the expense of correctly identifying a candidate's religion, since to him the weird practices of an infintesimally small clan are no more suspect than the practices of any faith, which he derides at every opportunity. Also, the fact that he supports the policies of the current administration and assigns no accountability to the President comes as no surprise. I guess the only real question here is why he donated at this juncture? Perhaps he was really impressed by the President's algae idea. On the continuum between moon colonies and algae where does a sane person cast his vote?

    February 24, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  14. Taran

    @Truth, so many blind, or chose not to see. Since taking office, instead of helping the economy, Obama has
    purposely escalated the economic crisis by plunging the country into unprecedented debt. He has a number of programs that are designed to go into effect in January 2013, just in time for his second term of office. The economic burden and increased taxes on everyone will be enough to cause the final economic collapse of the country. As soon as that happens, Obama declares Martial Law and assumes dictatorial control of the nation. I wonder what the liberals will say when that happens and it turns out this will be the last election in the united states.

    February 24, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  15. scmom

    Thank you "Patriot" you hit it on the head. Get behind the man in power to help the US succeed. Not being true patriots, "Patriot".

    February 24, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  16. Taran

    Obama has been wielding executive powers this past year as if he were already a dictator. When Congress is not doing his bidding, he simply bypasses them and used an executive order to accomplish it anyway. This has set the stage for his disbandment of Congress. He would not be the first world leader to take control of a nation and disband the legislative branch of government.

    February 24, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  17. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    People that subscribe to HBO have provided this hate filled clown with this money. If you don't like doing that then you should vote with their money and cancel your HBO subscription. Why encourage hate filled anti religion bigotry by paying it millions?

    February 24, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  18. Taran

    He has been effectively using the media to anesthetize the public to the dangers he poses. Like a patient being prepped for surgery, people are numb to the changes and won't have a clue what took place until they wake up in recovery and realize that free America has been removed and replaced with a regime that may parallel those of Stalin, Lenin, Mussolini, Hitler, Chavez and Castro.

    February 24, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  19. Ben

    Orchid333 – "All you Maher haters out there have probably never even watched one of his shows, or else you'd know he's a Libertarian. "

    Uh, is that what you think? LOL!! Are you really that clueless? I guess so!

    February 24, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  20. Ben

    Denina – "Perhaps the GOP is not as stupid as it appears."

    You certainly are.

    February 24, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  21. Duckmanbill

    Sounds like someone wants Obama on their show...

    February 24, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  22. billnick

    That will by a lot more Kool-Aid!
    It's us poor working stiffs who will be beat up again to the point that there we will just be handing our entire paycheck over to the government.
    I'm glad you find it all so comical Mahr, your laughing all the way to the bank.

    February 24, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  23. Ben

    Sniffit – "Nice try, but that's not how the ACA works. Seriously, you'd think the GOP/Teatrolls could do better with the index cards they hand you guys."

    Those index cards are a lot more accurate than the ones Obama and his braindead minions handed you. And, yes, that is EXACTLY what Obamacare will do.

    February 24, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    Wow, Taran, you sound like the crazy homeless guys down by the river. Take off your tin foil hat and provide some actual facts or examples if you want to discuss things with the adults.

    February 24, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  25. DENNA

    Truth and Nothing But the Truth - Do you really want to go there? Sit down as this is going to shock you. I have worked my entire adult life and have paid taxes my entire adult life. I paid into social security too. SHOCKER!!! I am a Democrat, always have been and have NEVER needed welfare or help. Not because I am such a swell upstanding person. I have been blessed. You conservatives need to stop thinking you are the only ones who pay taxes and play by the rules of the country. Grow up! You ain't that great!

    February 24, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
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