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Natalie Punchak

Natalie Punchak is an associate lawyer at Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered. She holds a PhD in Law from the University of Pennsylvania, and completed an MPP at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford.

It was a sunny day in March 2011 and Stephen Colbert was getting restless. Colbert had been working out a comedic sketch of a political ad by the former Governor of Minnesota, Tim Pawlenty, but he did not quite know how to end the parody. Then Colbert had an idea: he would substitute ‘,’ the name of Pawlenty’s political action committee, for ‘’ and would buy the URL in jest. Almost immediately after the episode aired, Colbert received a frantic call from the Comedy Central network, which had evidently bought the joke and insisted that he refrain from forming ColbertPAC.