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. vic , nashville ,tn

    This is called “Real time” in USA now the Games is on democrats won’t give up

    February 24, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  2. real american

    I love Bill Maher! Hes not afraid to tell it like it is. Its nothing compared to the uber rich supporters donating several millions to GOP Pacs but it will help! Dont let the right wing fools win ever again!

    February 24, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. Orchid333

    Watched Bill's Yahoo standup last night and roared laughing! Not only a great comedian, but a passionate one who even puts his money where his mouth is. Very cool, and a great donation for a great cause. There's no way the Republicans are winning this election.

    February 24, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  4. bcm

    Drewinmass – that's a great description of most of the republicans I see on TV: self-aggrandizing, hateful, clueless. Perhaps you forgot who was in office for the eight years in which the once world leading country was destroyed. If you truly listen to what Bill Maher says, you will find that he is actually rather well informed unlike most of the Republican candidates we have seen so far.

    February 24, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  5. bluedogboy

    Nice to see super PAC's can be utlilized by democrats and not just racist, fear mongering hillbillies.

    February 24, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  6. real american

    LOL! "Obamas gonna beat him like a runaway sister wife!" We love you Bill!

    February 24, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  7. Anders Perillo

    Maher is no better than Olbermann. What an uncouth lout.

    February 24, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |

    Four more years baby!

    February 24, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  9. Taran

    Hmmm, Maher looks a bit like Emperor Palpatine, hmmmm, they even seem to think alike too.

    February 24, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  10. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    How ANYONE could admire, listen to or watch this vile, hate filled religious bigot is beyond me. Bill Maher had better hope there is not a hell because if there is, the hottest corner of it has been reserved for him.

    February 24, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "I wonder if Bill Maher has ever contributed a million dollars to charitable causes? To help the homeless maybe? He seems to have a lot of money to throw at attacks on Republicans. Is this all he does with his money? Attack others?"

    I'm beginning to think Google is an effective conservative repellant. Just spray some Google on your person and around the home on a regular basis and you too can be free of silly flat-earth backwards-thinking religiosity-laden ideological nincompoopery!!!

    Makes sense given their sweaty-palmed nervousness around data and pathological aversion to facts contrary to their persistent ideological delusions.

    February 24, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  12. sammieb51

    Newt's LV guy announces he's giving 100 million to Newt's SP - not a peep from the GOP. SAME GAME DIFFERENT PLAYER - HORRORS!!

    February 24, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  13. Jo Jo

    It's funny how everything repubs associate with president Obama is evil. They demonize unions, minorities and Hollywood entertainers. I wish many more entertainers will follow suit.

    February 24, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  14. Scott

    what an idiot. 4 more years of Obama would be bad

    February 24, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  15. DENNA

    @ Investment Advisor – Your entire post drips with your dislike for President Obama, who is a pretty darned good singer I might add. If you don't like him, fine. Just say so without the smoke screen. The rest of us are just fine with the job he is doing, inspite of the problems your GOP has been giving him. If you want to find a cheerleader for Keystone, you don't have to look any further than any GOPer USA. OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    February 24, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  16. Jack

    THis is the game the Republicans (and their hacks on the Supreme Court) want to play. Money talks. It's a free for all now. Only the money matters. Thanks, Bill. Wish I had a million to give. I will give what I can, however. We need to keep the neanderthals of the extreme right away from the kitchen knives.

    February 24, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Taran wrote:

    Hmmm, Maher looks a bit like Emperor Palpatine, hmmmm, they even seem to think alike too.
    Nope. You're thinking of the before version, the *Chancellor*. Newt might mike a good AFTER version, as *Emperor*.

    February 24, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  18. Loy Morris

    How many of the comments posted against Bill were sent in by Norquist? A wealthy person who has had the Congress sign papers saying they will not raise taxes on the top 2% in our country. O'Connell, the hoot own, doesn't give a hoot about his country...just get rid of Obama has been his goal for the past three years. Cantor, though not supporting Pres. Bush's bank bailout saw that his wife a big shot in a bank got her fair share, and old folks better think a bit or they might find themselves without Social Security or Medicare...oops maybe a voucher that would pay for a couple of doctor visits. Republicans want the Federal Government to have less control on our lives....but they keep peeping into our bedrooms

    February 24, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  19. for99percent

    You are DA MAN, BILL!! Independents please do not fall for GOP backed super PAC. VOTE OBAMA/BIDEN 2012 to keep this country going.

    February 24, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  20. sayer

    Bless you, Bill.

    February 24, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  21. Taran

    @Rudy, you are right, my bad. Chancellor is what I should have said. You know, Newt does make a pretty good "after" version.

    February 24, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  22. Republican Not Voting for Romney

    Good for him. Like his show.

    February 24, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  23. DIANA

    Great move Mr. Maher! I'll be donating myself but not as much. At least he puts his money where his mouth is. Donald Trump, how much have you given to Mitt Rommney, except your usual hot air?

    February 24, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    bill maher wasting a million bucks, now that is funny!

    February 24, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  25. aMom

    I never believed that Obama was Satan incarnate but this fellow that leaves me wondering. He is one hate-filled dude.

    February 24, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
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