Bill Maher Giving $1 Million to Obama PAC As Reelection Spending Rockets

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks in front of workers during an event about the payroll tax cut extension

Comedian Bill Maher brought out one of those oversize checks last night during his CrazyStupidPolitics: Live from Silicon Valley special, and announced he’s donating $1 million to Priorities USA Action, a Barack Obama super PAC.  “This is the wisest investment I think I could make,” said Maher, urging other rich liberals to do the same, because beating the current crop of Republicans is “worth a million dollars.” The president’s reelection campaign, meanwhile, is already spending big bucks themselves. 

For the month of January, the Obama campaign blew through $17.7 million, the New York Times reports, including $4.3 million on Internet ads, $3.4 million on television ads, $2.8 million on mailers, and $1.4 million on telemarketing, making sure all mediums were covered. Those expenses trump even Mitt Romney, who is locked in a primary battle and spent $14 million for the month, in which he went two-for-four in Republican primaries.

While Romney’s “burn rate” has been questioned, the Obama campaign is reportedly holding some $76 million — apart from Maher and friends’ super PAC money — so they’re probably not sweating the spending.

Bill Maher Giving $1 Million to Obama PAC