Comedian Bill Maher announced Thursday that he is donating $1 million to "Priorities USA Action," a super PAC supporting Barack Obama. Maher announced his gift during a stand-up comedy special called "CrazyStupidPolitics," which was streamed live on Yahoo.
Maher, the host of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, is known for his liberal political and religious views. He publicly supported Obama's 2008 campaign.
"I would like tonight to announce a donation to the Obama super PAC, which has the very unfortunate tongue-twister name Priority [sic] USA Action," Maher said Thursday. "I know, it was named by Borat. But tonight, I would like to give that PAC $1 million."
In a statement released after the show, Maher explained that getting Obama elected again was "worth a million dollars," and he characterized his donation as "the wisest investment I think I could make."
Earlier this month, President Obama encouraged supporters to donate money to super PACs despite questions about their transparency and their role in negative advertising, particularly during the Republican presidential primary.
Priorities USA Action has been struggling to raise money, and super PACs supporting Republican challengers have had much more success. According to the Washington Post, Priorities USA Action raised only $59,000 in January.
Maher's donation joins others from DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, who donated $2.1 million to the super PAC, and Steven Spielberg, who chipped in $100,000.