Stephen Colbert Stumps For His Sister In South Carolina

The comedian and television host headlined a $5,200-per-plate dinner Saturday at a private home. Roasted chicken and brussels sprouts were on the menu.

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WASHINGTON — Stephen Colbert appeared at a private fundraiser in Charleston, S.C., on Saturday for his sister, Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, who is running for Congress as a Democrat.

The television host — who is usually in the spotlight on “The Colbert Report” — gave only a short speech introducing his sister, who followed with more serious remarks about wind energy and jobs, according to a source who attended.

Eighteen paying guests donated $5,200 per plate to dine in the company of the Colbert siblings. The menu included a salad, roasted chicken, brussels sprouts, potatoes gratin, and s’more crème brûlée for dessert.

After the program, Stephen Colbert signed books for some of the guests.

The fundraiser was hosted by Mark Tanenbaum, a lawyer, at his home on Sullivan’s Island. Tanenbaum has also held events to support Vice President Joe Biden, including one immediately after Biden offered his public support for gay marriage.

Colbert-Busch will need high-powered allies such as Tanenbaum and her brother in her bid for Congress: She is jockeying to win in a district that leans heavily Republican. Her opponent will be selected during a Republican primary next month; former Gov. Mark Sanford currently leads the field.

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