South Carolina Republicans need money to hold a primary, and, apparently, they at least listened to Stephen Colbert’s offer to fund it through his SuperPAC. Colbert says they “agreed to everything,” including a ballot question in which voters would whether decide whether “Corporations are people,” or “Only people are people.”

Now Colbert is making a new offer, to cover shortfalls in county budgets to hold the Jan. 21 primary. In return, he wants the ballot question back, plus naming rights.

He writes in The State, “The counties need the money, and Colbert Super PAC wants to give it to you; call it a Christmas Miracle. I’ve already filled out the check, and to prove it’s no joke, I’ve written “No Joke” in the memo line. I’m going to be home in South Carolina over the holidays, so just give me a call. Both state parties have my contact info.”

State GOP executive director Matt Moore tells CBS News, “Despite our repeatedly saying ‘no,’ Stephen Colbert, the comedian, seems intent on being involved. It’s exactly why we were wary in the first place.” But he admits that they entertained Colbert’s earlier offer before turning it down.

Even if they were to accept it, state election officials would have to decide whether a SuperPAC could fund a primary. That in and of itself is exactly Colbert’s point, which is to expose the inanities of current campaign finance laws. Whether Colbert has an impact on the election is going to be one the great sideshows of 2012.