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

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. georgebedula

    good has spoken well. others less so. angry ones not often well spoken. our nation as close to the family of man as any has ever been – a guide for the future inhabitants of this small planet . go ahead, call me an ancient hippie do gooder – do you have a better plan for peace and prosperity better than what is now proposed? do share it with us in this forum and similar ones elsewhere, surely the world will be a better place knowing your thoughts.

    February 25, 2012 04:22 am at 4:22 am |
  2. EG

    Bill Maher. Comic genius. Well-educated. Ferociously intelligent. That's the upside. The downside: like most comedians - insecure, self-loathing, wanting to belong and probably feeling very guilty and confused about all his success and money as most liberals do. So clouded and so desperate for salvation, his only road to redemption is to turn to the false prophet who now sitteth in the White House. So much for being politically incorrect. Poor, poor Bill. Poor little rich boy.

    February 25, 2012 04:26 am at 4:26 am |
  3. Denny

    I think that maher is just about the only person i know that tells it fairly straight. He says things that only people in a downtown new york bar talk about, so i like the guy.

    February 25, 2012 05:25 am at 5:25 am |
  4. canuck41

    Bill mahrer isnt funny and his wild liberal extremist views are worse than anything he could accuse Republicans of. Obama will win with all the left wing extremists Hollywood types donations. Democrats are so self righteous they make me puke!! Romaney will win and if Obama pulls it out in November it will just be because the economy is slowly, very slowly showing a heartbeat!!!

    February 25, 2012 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  5. canuck41

    alyarby – your comment is simply awesome!! These so called righteous hollywood types are part of the great 1% that occupyers say are soooooo bad!!

    February 25, 2012 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  6. CJ Oakwood

    Maher is a flippin LOON...what a idiot!

    February 25, 2012 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  7. Ileana

    Thank you Bill Maher!

    February 25, 2012 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  8. TiredofBigots

    So ts ok to for Maher to crack a lame joke "beaten like a runaway sister wife" and noone calls him on this crap. But let's reword this to "beaten like a runaway black slave" and you'd all be howling like banshies screaming racist. Double standards or what

    February 25, 2012 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  9. Franny

    Thank You Bill, and please put more of the bubble type guests on the show. I love to watch their stupidity, and total unawareness as to how real Americans feel!

    February 25, 2012 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  10. Dale

    Maher is repulsive! Why anyone listens to this idiot is beyond me. Everything that comes out of his mouth is idiotic! I'm glad he is at least giving some of his money away. He is the most "ungiving" celeb in 2011. Stingy! Arrogant! He fits right in with the other extreme Leftist!

    February 25, 2012 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  11. Anonymous

    Ill put something where his mouth is so he can shut the hell up.

    February 25, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  12. MCP123

    ""If you are young and not a liberal, you are heartless. Once you mature, if you are not a conservative, you are brainless."

    Really? Then you must not realize that cognitive decline begins in your mid-40's and accelerates from there. So one could say that people become republicans because of cognitive decline which leads to the type of magical thinking that republicans so embrace.

    February 25, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  13. MCP123

    "And I sure as shootin think he ought to pay his 40% on that $1 million, like a good little tax-paying (yeah, right) Democrat. "

    I'm sure all the republicans paid their taxes too. You do realize he donated $ 1 million after paying his taxes right?

    February 25, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  14. Mike

    @Alyarby if you sick of his mouth then change the channel, no one is forcing you to watch him, I don;t watch him often as he bores me at times, but he is funny at time, but it is my choice unlike some politican who wnat to limit peoples choices..........

    February 25, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  15. MaryM

    @alyarby , If you don't like Maher, WHY are you listening to him. YOU Just cant stand it when someone other than a Repub donates millions to a super-pac???

    Obama 2012

    February 25, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  16. Tim

    Buddy Roemer for President. He is the only candidate who tell the truth about big money and corrupt politics.

    February 25, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  17. SafeJourney3

    Thank you Bill Maher. I will make my donation today To President Obama

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    February 25, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  18. girish

    very good thinking in relation to save USA from crazy ,extreme ,religious fanatics.He sees the dangers.

    February 25, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  19. Shanko

    Bill is my favorite comedian, he speaks his mind and he tells things as it is. I am not against all Republicans there are very reasonable Republican but those people has no place in Republican Party in this time. Republican party hijacked by extreme right wing nuts, they don’t even know what they stand for. Full of hate, no rationale thinking in that party… Obama 2012

    February 25, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  20. PW

    I am so glad that Bill Maher contributed to President Obama because all of the Republican candidates are scary and he is one of the decent 1%ers who does put his money where his mouth is and I happen to like his mouth. The women need to vote for the one who will really protect our rights. Don't vote just because a man tells you who to vote for. It wasn't Planned Parenthood who got the breast cancer organization to rethink their decision to not give them any money – it was the women -Republican, Democrat and Independents who raised hell. Anyway thanks Bill for your donation to our President's PAC.

    February 25, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  21. Capt Pokeyman

    How did the bullies miss this guy as he was growing up?

    February 25, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  22. Dennis

    Maher looks like Marlon Brando in the Island of Dr Moreau.

    February 25, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
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