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. Fair is Fair

    Yawn... communists helping communists.

    February 24, 2012 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  2. Comon sense party

    That's a good start. We need a whole lot more than that to beat The RNC super PAC

    February 24, 2012 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  3. Peace

    My hat off for you Maher. You are not only the man of words, but also of actions. God bless you and may he give you more!

    February 24, 2012 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  4. LaPlut

    Obama, he's not perfect, but IS the only sane option. If you want to go back to the 1800's, vote republican.
    Thank you, Bill!!!

    Obama 2012!!!

    February 24, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  5. macrasta

    fighting fire with fire...if the Koch Brothers can put $100 mil in trying to defeat our President...I say go for it Bill Maher!

    February 24, 2012 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  6. Anonymous

    Does this really come as a shock to anyone? I'm just surprised that similar donations haven't been rolling in from the Comedy Central hacks as well, like Jon Leibowitz, Steven Colbert, etc.

    February 24, 2012 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  7. kevin

    who freaking cares

    February 24, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  8. To tell the truth

    LoL He gon beat him like a runaway sister wife. haha I don't even know what that mean..

    February 24, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  9. PeterD

    Comedian Bill Maher is putting his money where his mouth is Which is His Rear.

    February 24, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  10. Sniffit

    Mittens the Sister Wife. ROFLMAO.

    February 24, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  11. Sniffit

    Someone needs to make that sister wife comment into a bumper sister....erm, I mean haste.

    February 24, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  12. Sniffit

    "Comedian Bill Maher is putting his money where his mouth is Which is His Rear."

    Only reason GOPers/Teatrolls haven't been doing likewise is because their heads are blocking the way.

    February 24, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  13. Larr

    Wouldn't it be simpler if the gov't just assigned each working person a parasite? Elminate the middle man...That would save me a few $$ (They could live in my basement cheaper than me paying their rent)

    February 24, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  14. The Real Tom Paine

    Typical reaction from our resident rightie trolls on here. Oh well, its to be expected from a shrinking, dying movement spearheaded by people who still insist the earth was created in 6 days and believe that being a corporate raider is sign of virtue: how do you reconcile an ammoral atheist like Ayn Rand with the equally ammoral Religious Right, and still be able to say that a thrice married serial adulterer like Donald Trump is the best our culture can produce?

    February 24, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  15. k

    In effect, it's a direct donation from HBO to O. Obama is setting the standard for corruption.

    February 24, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  16. Good

    The GOP is weak, and the super pac needs to announce that.

    February 24, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  17. magicbeans

    Yawn... another bigotted remark from Maher. Liberals are sooo tolerant. *rolls eyes*

    February 24, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  18. Jess C

    Right on, Maher!

    February 24, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  19. Claudia, Phoenix, AZ

    FYI: Bill Maher hasn't always been "pro-Obama" but Maher recognizes the incompetence of the GOP candidates is more than enough to make one wonder is this the best they have to offer.

    February 24, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  20. The Real Tom Paine

    I guess the righties here really don't want anyone to express an opinion that contradicts their theology: so much for "freedom" and "liberty".

    February 24, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  21. Daddy2010

    He's a comedian. A jokester.

    February 24, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  22. Valerie

    Mather so accurately nails down the pathetic issues of the GOP whether in serious interviews or his satire/comedy shows.

    February 24, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  23. mauiharper

    Thanks Bill – I can't afford $1 Million, but will donate what I can. Somebody has to stop these lunatic righties from further destroying our country and imposing their draconian religious beliefs on sane thinking people. Love your show!

    February 24, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  24. CV

    This is sad news. I would respect him more, listen to him more if he stayed neutral. But when you understand how the corporate media has been dwindled down to 5 or 6 major corporations and those all "speak" the same progressive crap and when you realize you can't get truth on any tv show no matter how much you try then you understand why 1 mil to an Obama pac is something he must do. Obama is Bush who is Kerry who is Romney who is Clinton who is .... you get the picture. The last honest president America had was JFK... Ron Paul is the next honest president but Mayer can't get a paycheck or a job from RP...RP can't be bought.

    February 24, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  25. A disabled veteran

    Big corporations supporting the republicans is enough proof for me obama 2012 hillary 2016

    February 24, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
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