In a cover story for The Hollywood Reporter, Bill Maher claimed he’s not giving out any more million-dollar checks like the one he gave Obama’s super PAC. "I don't want to do anything that would hurt his re-election chances…and it could because I'm the most 'out there' host. You can go on any other show, and they wouldn't hold it against you because those people don't say the things that I say.” But he also boasts "I am so much more edgy" than the other late-night comedians.
If he didn’t want to hurt Obama, why send the check? He announced it a week after the liberal media made Santorum super-PAC donor Foster Friess a controversial figure for an aspirin joke. The obvious answer is at least half-selfish: It makes him a bigger fish in the media/political mix, giving him a publicity boost (including a cover story in The Hollywood Reporter).