9 days before South Carolina’s primary when comedian Stephen Colbert announced his presidential bid
157,876 dollars spent by Colbert Super PAC on ads in SC; one urged voters to support Herman Cain, who was by then out of the race, after Colbert was unable get on the ballot
6,000+ number of votes received by Cain in SC—more than Rick Perry, Michelle Bachmann, and Jon Huntsman combined
45 number of votes Cain received in the Iowa Caucus
62 million+ dollars raised by the nine richest Super PACs in 2011
48 percentage of that money that came from 22 donorsThe Editors are the staffers of Columbia Journalism Review.