Harmonix CEO Tops Colbert SuperPAC Donations [UPDATED]

As many of the readers on the site may remember, we brought you news last July that Rock Band fan Benji noticed a familiar name crawl across the screen when Stephen Colbert was simultaneously lampooning AND engaging in the new political action committees (PACs). Now it looks like the details of the campaign that has since raised over a million dollars and is seriously competing with real political candidates running for president, and the largest single donation comes from someone we are all familiar with.

Most people who donated to the Colbert SuperPAC gave less than $200, and only one person gave over $5,000. That person was Harmonix CEO Alex Rigopulos, who donated $9,600. Could this donation be a nice “thank you” for allowing Charlene (I’m Right Behind You) to be released as DLC in Rock Band? We’re not sure, but that’s the theory we’re going with.

UPDATE: On last night’s episode of The Colbert Report, Alex was personally thanked by Stephen Colbert on the show, and he’s getting a special gift for his big donation. We’ve embedded the clip from the show below (starts at ~2:30).

[Full details; Thanks to Mark for the head's up!]

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9 Responses to “Harmonix CEO Tops Colbert SuperPAC Donations [UPDATED]”

  • Vampire-Jekyll says:

    Maybe it’s all the money that would have been made had Charlene not been a free song.

  • Ashai says:

    Wahahaha! Cool.

  • pancho says:

    I think it’s bribery, for allowing the song to be “free.”

  • sidd says:

    typical taxaschusettes liberal. JK of course

  • RickC says:

    Rock Band 4 party at the White House when Colbert is inaugurated in January 2013! :-)

  • pad says:

    That’s excellent on a plethora of levels. Not least that this young generation (people between 18-40) exist in a time when two liberal-minded intellectuals (Colbert and Stewart) not only make politics palatable, but, far from just telling jokes, manage to shine an antiseptic light upon the corrupted power structure and… Okay, what just happened? What I really meant to say was: ROCK A ROLLA AYATOLLAH! :)

  • StyrofoamTuph says:

    Did anyone else think “IT’S OVER 9,000!!!!!!!”

    Bubble buddy Reply:

    You ain’t alone on that one :D

  • RockBandRocker says:

    So THAT’S where the money to license Muse songs went! :p;p

    Ah well…at least it went to a worthy cause.