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Colbert's "Facebook flock"

More than one million people have joined the Facebook group of Stephen Colbert, the comedian and host of Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,? more than any other presidential candidate.
A student from Loveless Academic Magnet Program High School in Montgomery, Ala., started the group “1,000,000 Strong For Stephen T. Colbert? on Oct. 16 after Colbert announced on his satirical news show that he wanted to be on the South Carolina primary ballot as both a Democrat and a Republican.
The group reached its goal Friday and continues to gain members, with 78 more reportedly joining every minute, according to The Associated Press. It’s by far the most popular political group on the networking site. The group “Stop Hillary Clinton: (One Million Strong AGAINST Hillary)? more than eight months to make half a million.
According to The New York Times blog “The Caucus,? the high volume of group members joining placed such a strain on Facebook’s server capacity that the group had to be forced offline temporarily.
Because Colbert continues to host his show while soliciting votes, he could face problems with Federal Election Committee laws. The FEC prohibits corporations from making contributions in connection with a federal election, including airtime. And while news programs can be exempt, they are only as long as a political party, political committee or candidate doesn’t control the show’s content.
The Associated Press said a report from the Rasmussen polling organization found that Colbert would get 13 percent of votes as an independent candidate against Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton and Republican Rudy Giuliani. He would get 12 percent with Fred Thomspon as the GOP candidate.

The Star Tribune:
http://www.startribune.com/10215/story/1511486.html

The New York Times:
http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/10/25/colberts-facebook-flock/