This year's presidential race is expected to shatter fund-raising records, thanks in no small part to the rise of the super-PAC. Bill Maher's splashy $1 million check notwithstanding, though, the "network of Democratic outside groups boosting President Barack Obama and his congressional allies ... still lags woefully behind Republican outside groups that have already begun an attack-ad binge," according to Politico.
But perhaps the nation's deep-pocketed liberals are just biding their time. Last night at the Paley Media Center's screening of French film The Intouchables, we asked Harvey Weinstein, a generous giver to Democratic candidates and causes, if he has any plans to pull a Maher. "Bill Maher, I don't know," he told us. "If it comes down to it and the Republicans raise that kind of money, of course I'll do a PAC, or I'll donate to one." Weinstein didn't say how large such a donation might be, but he seems like a guy with a bit of money to spare.