Stephen Colbert to host more fundraisers for sister
April 2nd, 2013
08:17 AM ET
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Stephen Colbert to host more fundraisers for sister

(CNN) – Comedian Stephen Colbert will host a pair of high dollar fundraisers this month for his sister Elizabeth, who is vying for South Carolina's vacant seat in the U.S. Congress.

The events are slated to take place in New York and Washington, and carry a minimum price tag of $500, with special "event chair" tickets going as high as $10,000.

Elizabeth Colbert Busch – an official with Clemson University's wind turbine drive testing facility - will be the Democratic name on the ballot in the May 7 general election. Her Republican rival will be determined Tuesday in a runoff vote between former Gov. Mark Sanford and Curtis Bostic, a former Charleston city councilman.

Colbert Busch's brother has campaigned for her in the past, including hosting an event at a bowling alley. In the invite to the Washington and New York events, Stephen Colbert writes that "Lulu and I have been through a lot together, and I know she is a bright, competent, caring woman who will work hard on behalf of all the citizens of South Carolina's 1st Congressional District."

He also calls Mark Sanford a "renewed hike-lover," a reference to the former governor's explanation of his absence from public life in 2009 as a hike on the Appalachian Trail. It was later revealed he was carrying out an extramarital affair with a woman in Argentina.

"It is rare for me to take an active role in anyone's political ambitions other than my own. But this is different – beyond a brother's love, I truly believe Lulu is the best candidate to represent my beloved Lowcountry in the United States Congress," Colbert continues.

CNN's Steve Brusk contributed to this report.

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. sifto

    used to love colbert–now he is "openly" liberal–will watch something else....

    April 2, 2013 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  2. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Isn't it beautiful when Republicans lose elections?

    April 2, 2013 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Why is this being discussed?
    She is his sister. Where I come from family comes FIRST, before bogus political affiliations etc.
    If he feels compelled by blood-ties to use his so-called celebrity status to assist her in her endeavors then more power to him and her.
    At the end of the day she may not always be a Democrat but she will always be his sister.
    Good for you Colbert.

    April 2, 2013 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    A slice of South Carolina is going to put thier moral values on display for the world to see. Here's hoping the hypocrites lose.

    April 2, 2013 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  5. Peace

    Do you love a label or a person? You mean liberals are not human beings? Something BIG is very wrong
    with these people who call them "conservatives" while they do not conserve anything at all.

    April 2, 2013 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  6. Rudy NYC


    used to love colbert–now he is "openly" liberal–will watch something else....
    I suggest that you watch Rush Limbaugh. He's interesting to watch. He's all scowls and jowls, and makes funny noises.

    April 2, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  7. Patrick in Wisconsin

    sifto, Colbert has been openly liberal for years. Have you ever notice that it's almost always republicans that he rips on during his show? This is typical Stephen Colbert awesomeness.

    April 2, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  8. HoustonOilMan


    You do know what satire is don't you? Colbert has always been "openly" liberal.

    April 2, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  9. lottie

    right on family first. My sister and I disagree on politics but I would help her if she needed it. One of the big problems repos have is that they don't really understand family or family values. They just act like they do.

    April 2, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  10. Jilinwa

    Hooray for Elizabeth!

    April 2, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    Hope she loses..........if she is anything like her brother.

    April 2, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  12. ST

    Raise the money Steve at the same time leave the comic aside when you are doing so. This seat is quite crucial to us DEMs. If we will grab it, we will hold you high at our shoulders and congratulate you for your good work. Keep up the good work you are doing Steve!

    April 2, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  13. Thomas

    Here we go again , Democrats using famous talented entertainers like Kid Rock , Pat Boone , Ted Nugget to sway undecided voters .

    Where is Meatloaf when we need him ?

    April 2, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  14. becca

    It's possible for her to win, but not probable. SC, and esp. the district she's running in, is HARD RIGHT. The HYPOCRITE BELT would rather REHIRE that Gov that had to RESIGN because he was diddling some woman from Argentina, while saying he was HIKING THE AP. TRAIL......GOTT LOVE THOSE SERIAL LIARS.

    April 2, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  15. Name lynn

    Theres nothing wrong with colbert helping out his sister for a senate seat. Go colbert an watch your out for your sister.

    April 2, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain

    @sifto: "used to love colbert–now he is "openly" liberal–will watch something else...."

    You get the Dim Bulb Award if you're only now realizing Stephen Colbert is a Liberal (you'd think his roast of GW Bush at the 2007 White House Press Corps dinner ...).

    April 2, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |