Raising Cain: Citizens United 'Candidate' Scores Votes

Stephen Colbert asked South Carolinians to vote Herman Cain, which was a vote for 'Corporations are People.'

Some voters in the Palmetto state were in on the joke. 

TV host and conservative spoofer Stephen Colbert made a last-minute push to have voters vote for Herman Cain.

, then the Supreme Court decision that allows the formation of unlimited fundraising and spending from Super PACs is also a joke.

That's why he asked S.C. voters to vote for Cain and support the soundbite "Corporations are People."

And judging by Cain grabbing more votes than any other dropped-out candidate, including Texas Gov. Rick Perry , some of the voters in the state agree.

South Carolina's open primary process, which allows Democrats and independents to also cast votes, probably helped.

All out-of-action candidates on the ballot received votes, likely from absentee voting. It may not be known how many voters were actually voting in favor of Colbert's "Corporations are People" slogan or how many were just having fun with their vote. 

Cain grabbed more than 6,300 votes. Earning one percent of the total vote, Cain grabbed more votes than Bachmann, Huntsman, Perry and Johnson combined.

Samantha January 22, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Which candidate do you think those votes came from?
Ann January 22, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Shame on Colbert! He should be ashamed of his attempts to turn an extremely serious, hard fought for, American privilege and responsibilty into a sham and laughing stock for our enemies. Does he have that right - absolutely. Freedom of spech was and remains a right paid for with American lifes. He also has the right to show the country what a bafoon he is and he did. And he says he's from South Carolina? Maybe, but he's not a South Carolinian!
stanley seigler January 22, 2012 at 06:31 PM
@Ann: "...the right to show the country what a bafoon he is..." what he does/did is show what hypocritical buffoons most politicians are...he certainly is not a South Carolinian like those who puts "anybody but BO" over Christian morality.
ReadIt January 22, 2012 at 08:58 PM
What he's done is educate the public on the sheer idiocy and unethical practices of the election process. If anything, he proves that, in this country and in this election, money is the only thing that makes or breaks a candidate. If you've ever heard him (not in character) in an interview and they ask about his show, he explains that the reason he pursues these types of things is to allow the public (especially those who watch his show) to learn a) how things work - such as a Super PAC - and b) how easy it is to exploit the political process and that all politicians do so. And freedom of speech applies to him as well --- and his character, which is a part of a corporation, which is a person according to a good number of republicans.
Michael Lewis January 22, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Stephen Colbert is media royalty exempt from the campaign laws he mocks. We the people are the butt of his jokes. Mainstream media corporations are the ultimate Super Pacs! From 1791 to 1886 1st Amendment freedoms of speech, press and assembly were the sole rights of flesh and blood citizens. From 1886 to 1973 flesh and blood citizens and media corporations enjoyed equal freedoms of speech and the press. From 1974 to present only the commercial media enjoy unrestricted freedom of speech and the press. Following reports of serious financial abuses in the 1972 Presidential campaign, Congress amended the FECA in 1974 to set limits on contributions by individuals, political parties and PACs. 2 USC 431 (9) (B) (i) The term "expenditure" does not include any news story, commentary, or editorial distributed through the facilities of any broadcasting station, newspaper, magazine, or other periodical publication, unless such facilities are owned or controlled by any political party, political committee, or candidate; Section 431(9)(B)(i) makes a distinction where there is no real difference: the media is extremely powerful by any measure, a "special interest" by any definition, and heavily engaged in the "issue advocacy" and "independent expenditure" realms of political persuasion that most editorial boards find so objectionable when anyone other than a media outlet engages in it


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