Stephen Colbert is celebrating the fact that his Super PAC has become Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry’s “official unofficial, non-connected, independent expenditure, all-you-can-eat money trough.”
The Comedy Central host began Thursday’s show by noting Perry’s tough stance against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
“We’re calling today on the president of the United States to put a moratorium on regulations across this country, because his regulations, his EPA regulations are killing jobs all across America,” the Texas governor announced Monday.
“Yes, any candidate can say the Environmental Protection Agency is killing jobs, but only Perry goes the extra step and says it while killing the environment with his idling bus,” Colbert joked.
“I toast Perry’s call to end regulations with a champagne flute of lead paint,” he added. “I tell you, the more I drink of this, the more sense President Perry makes.”
“President Perry has already lifted all the regulations on his mouth,” Colbert said, pointing to the candidate’s accusation that it was “almost treasonous” for Fed chairman Ben Bernanke to print money.
But what made the comedian most proud was the news that Perry’s campaign had hired Salvatore Purpura, the treasurer of Colbert Super PAC.
“Colbert Super PAC has been beating back all these wannabe Super PACs to become Perry’s official unofficial, non-connected, independent expenditure, all-you-can-eat money trough. Now while my Super PAC has been legally forbidden from coordinating with his campaign, I think he likes be back,” Colbert boasted.
“But I would, again, like to emphasize that there is no coordination between Colbert Super PAC and the Perry campaign. That would be wrong and illegal. They are as separate as church and state under a Perry presidency.”
Watch this video from Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, broadcast Aug. 17, 2011.