"Stephen Colbert used to be my friend, I even signed the poor baby's cast when he hurt his hand," Pelosi says in a YouTube video launched Thursday. "Since the day he started his Super PAC, taking secret money from special interests, he's been out of control."
The video's launch coincided with House Democrats reintroducing the DISCLOSE Act pressing for more transparency with campaign contributions.
Colbert's Super PAC, "Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow," raised over $1 million and even ran ads in South Carolina during the Republican primary.
In the video, Pelosi comes to the defense of her former colleague, saying Colbert was "even using his Super PAC to attack my friend Newt Gingrich. If that weren't enough, I hear he doesn't even like kittens."
Pelosi called for diminishing the power of money in politics in her weekly press conference.
"Disclose means just that -- we want to know where secret substantial money is coming from that's going into campaigns," she said.
"The American people have the right to know who's bankrolling these television ads they're watching," said Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., who reintroduced the bill Thursday.
The Democracy is Strengthened by Casting Light on Special Elections Act was first introduced in 2010 as a response to the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling. The bill passed the House but failed to gain traction and died in the Senate.Democrats are trying again, but this time they are hoping public pressure can push the bill along. This year's version of the DISCLOSE Act would require TV ads to identify donors and would require individual donors or CEOs of corporations to appear onscreen at the end of the ad.
In her campaign, Pelosi has targeted Colbert and his satirical Super PAC "Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow." Her plea to the public at the end of the YouTube video: "Americans deserve a better tomorrow today. Join me in stopping Colbert and creating a new politics free of special interests money. The first step is passing the DISCLOSE act."