Early Returns From PAC Filings: Colbert Booms, Perry Busts

New year-end reports filed with the Federal Election Commission trickle out today, and the early word is that Stephen Colbert's Super PAC raised just under $1 million, while former candidates Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann floundered.

Here's what we know so far, based on campaign filings and independent expenditure filings.

The big winner so far is Stephen Colbert's Super PAC. Building a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow reported collecting over $800,000 in the fourth quarter, the first during which it solicited contributions. Not too shabby, considering it's a big joke. Of that total, only $81,470, or about 10 percent, came from individuals contributing $250 or more.

Newt Gingrich raised almost $9.8 million to close out 2012, but his campaign also spent about $8 million over the same period of time

Rick Perry raised only $2.9 million in the fourth quarter. Perry raised a whopping $17 million in the previous quarter after entering the race. Oops.

Michele Bachmann raised about $1.7 million in the last three months of 2011.

Our Destiny PAC, an independent expenditure organization (Super PAC) devoted to Jon Huntsman raised almost $2.7 million in the fourth quarter. Of that total, almost  $1.9 million came from Jon Huntsman, Sr., the candidate's father. Our Destiny listed 18 donors averaging almost $150,000 per person.

Gary Johnson, whom nobody talks about, raised $161,000.

→ Tim Pawlenty garnered $338,000 in contributions, despite not even running for president anymore.

More reports are due before tonight's midnight deadline, so stay tuned for information on the Romney, Paul, and Santorum campaigns.