Colbert Raises $59,000 For South Carolina Public Schools

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How about some positive news for Thanksgiving? Stephen Colbert’s Presidential campaignDoritos torilla chips, anyone? — raised some eyebrows in media circles. But in order to spare these United States of America another protracted Supreme Court battle, he bowed out of the race after being refused a spot on the ballot in South Carolina (”The general sense of the council was that he wasn’t a serious candidate”). Colbert also managed to raise a nice piece of change for public schools in South Carolina, although few noticed. From MSNBC:

”When Colbert announced last month that he was running for president, the Charleston native and host of Comedy Central’s ‘The Colbert Report’ also asked viewers to give to DonorsChoose.org, which helps fulfill teacher wish lists for books, globes or other classroom materials in schools in the United States.

”The brief comment by the 43-year-old talk-show host — who has since dropped his bid for the White House — raised $59,000 in 10 days and reached 13,000 public school students in South Carolina, said Peter Bloom, the group’s national chairman.

”’If anyone gets the chance to thank Stephen Colbert, please do so, because he made a big difference in this state with that simple announcement,’ Bloom said Thursday at a National Philanthropy Day luncheon in Charleston.”

Thank you, Stephen Colbert.

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