Colbert to hold two fundraisers for his sister's campaign

Polls show Elizabeth Colbert Busch is in a tight race with Mark Sanford

Published April 2, 2013 1:21PM (EDT)

          (Colbert Report)
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Stephen Colbert will hold two fundraisers to raise money for his sister's campaign for Congress in South Carolina, in which she will likely face former Gov. Mark Sanford.

Politico reports:

An event in Washington featuring the Comedy Central host is scheduled for April 15, while Colbert and former investment banker Sallie Krawcheck will host a New York City event April 23; that event will be at Krawcheck’s home.

For the D.C. event, a minimum donation of $2,600 is required to attend the private reception, while general admission tickets to the fundraiser cost $500.

According to recent polling, Colbert-Busch is neck and neck with Sanford, who is poised to win his runoff election Tuesday night. An internal poll released by Colbert-Busch's campaign shows her leading Sanford, 47-44 percent. A poll by the Democratic-leaning PPP last month also showed Colbert-Busch with a slight lead among likely voters, by a margin of 47-45 percent.

Here's video of Colbert first addressing Colbert-Busch's candidacy on his show:

By Jillian Rayfield

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