Comedian Bill Maher has pledged to donate $1 million to a super PAC supporting President Obama's re-election bid, according to the Washington Post.
The donation is especially welcomed by the super PAC Priorities USA Action, which has struggled to match the fundraising of conservative rivals. It had managed to bring in only $58,000, while conservative super PACs have brought in millions to date.
Maher, the host of HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher, announced the move in an interview Friday. He has frequently taken swipes at Obama in the past but will support him in November.
"The difference between a country governed by Obama and one governed by Rick Santorum is worth a million dollars to me. Not just because I think the country would be better, but because I think it would actually better protect the money I have left," Maher told the Daily Beast.
Additionally, Maher said he was disturbed by what he's seen in the national GOP debates. "You listen to these people talking about vaginal probes and Satan and 0 percent taxes on capital gains and the rest of this nonsense, you run back into the arms of Barack Obama," Maher said, explaining that he worried that the left had become too comfortable in believing the country wouldn't elect any of the GOP candidates over President Obama.
One of the key factors to re-electing a candidate is money, and the Republicans are out-fundraising the Democrats on the super PAC level. These committees will play a major role in November, and Democrats need to wake up to that fact.
Read more at the Washington Post.