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Bill Maher gives pro-Obama super PAC $1 million. Is that a good career move?

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(Read caption) Host Bill Maher is shown on the set of 'Real Time With Bill Maher,' in Los Angeles, in February.

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Bill Maher on Thursday night while performing on a comedy special streamed on Yahoo apparently pledged $1 million to the super PAC supporting President Obama. We say “apparently” just because he’s Bill Maher, and it’s possible that this is a joke of some kind, but it doesn’t seem like it.

Here’s what Mr. Maher said on Yahoo's CrazyStupidPolitics special: “I would like tonight to announce a donation to the Obama super PAC, which has the very unfortunate tongue-twister name Priority USA Action. I know, it was named by Borat. But tonight I would like to give that PAC ... one million dollars.”

Yes, the crowd at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts was surprised.

His longtime publicist Sarah Fuller told Deadline Hollywood the whole thing was serious and that Maher has told her “this is the wisest investment I think I could make.”

Wow. Talk about a performer breaking the fourth wall. It’s like people thought they were watching a comedy special and suddenly a Labor Day telethon for Democrats broke out.


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