Performing in San Jose tonight, Bill Maher unveiled an oversized, $1 million check he wrote out to Priorities USA Action, the SuperPAC supporting President Obama’s reelection campaign.
If he’s serious, the SuperPAC will need it. It is being far outpaced in fundraising by the SuperPACs of Obama’s potential Republican rivals, although there is an expectation that will change as the election nears and with the official Obama campaign giving Priorities its endorsement. (Via Mediaite). The concert was shown on Yahoo.
He tweeted late Thursday, “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!” He called it “the wisest investment I think I could make.”
Priorities, set up by former Obama aides Bill Burton and Sean Sweeney, has collected donations from Jeffrey Katzenberg ($2 million) and Steven Spielberg ($100,000), but their fundraising had slowed as of January. Maher’s donation not only gives the org a high-profile boost, but it also could send a message that even though there is some disappointment on the left over Obama’s performance, that shouldn’t mean that they should sit on the sidelines. Maher has been critical of the administration — last summer he wondered whether Hillary Clinton would have been better — but he’s also made it clear he’s not leaning toward any alternative.
Update: Sarah Fuller, Maher’s publicist, confirms that yes, the donation is real.
Here’s the video of Maher’s announcement: