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Schumer: Obama Won't Return Maher's $1 Million After Palin Insults

By    |   Sunday, 11 March 2012 11:15 PM EDT

A super PAC with links to President Barack Obama has no plans to return a $1 million donation made to it by liberal comedian Bill Maher.

The donation has come under fire after the White House and pro-Obama groups have targeted conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh for offensive remarks he made about a female Georgetown University law school student.

Limbaugh officially apologized for his comments and admitted they were "insulting."

Still, liberal groups like Media Matters have been encouraging advertisers to boycott Limbaugh's show.

But conservative groups are furious that Maher has yet to apologize for incendiary and demeaning remarks he has made about Sarah Palin while leading Democrats stand by him.

In February, Maher announced he was personally donating $1 million to a super PAC supporting President Obama's re-election.

A PAC that supports Sarah Palin took note, and complained that Maher had called her a "boob" and "bimbo."

In the past Maher has also referred to the former Alaska governor as a "c-nt" and "dumb tw-t."

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY, was asked Sunday on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" if the Obama PAC should return Maher's $1 million donation.

"Well, no,” Schumer told ABC.

“I mean, look, the bottom line is that Rush Limbaugh’s comments were just nasty and directed at a particular young woman who had a particular point of view and was expressing herself. Bill Maher is a comedian. It’s much different."

Fox News analyst Charles Krauthammer lambasted the Obama White House and liberal media for their hypocrisy, attacking Limbaugh on one hand while demanding Mitt Romney condemn him.

“Look, I am sure that is a liberal’s dream, but when the president of the United States apologizes for what Bill Maher says about women and receives a $1 million for his — or even acknowledge or talk about it — when Obama speaks about Maher’s misogyny as he takes $1 million for his campaign, then I would expect Romney to denounce somebody else,” he said.

This past week White House spokesman Jay Carney said they had no plans to ask the super PAC to return Maher's donation.

And Bill Burton, a former aide to Obama who runs his Priorities USA PAC, suggested there was not equivalence between what Maher and Limbaugh had said.

"There’s no similarity about what Rush Limbaugh said, lying about the argument that Miss Fluke was making, a law student at Georgetown, and what a comedian has said in the past,” he said.

One person who may have been insulting but not hypocritical is Bill Maher himself. After the Limbaugh controversy broke, he tweeted that he defended the conservative host.

Maher wrote: "He apologized, liberals looking bad not accepting. Also hate intimidation by sponsor pullout.”

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