Colbert, Potter & Super PACs
Campaign Legal Center Founding President (and Member at the law firm Caplin & Drysdale) played an important role in the last election cycle: that of "personal lawyer" to comedian Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report.
(photo courtesy of Colbert Report)
Mr. Colbert took on the absurdities of some of the current campaign finance law and turned them into a running parody on his show last election cycle, with the help of Trevor. At issue were the Super PACs and 501(c)(4)s that dominate American campaigns. In the case of 501(c)(4)s, these so-called "dark money" groups receive unlimited contributions and make unlimited expenditures to influence the outcome of the elections -- all while avoiding disclosure of their donors.
Trevor's appearances, dating back to March 2011, aided the satirist to create a Super PAC and mock the toothless "coordination" restrictions between Super PACs and the candidates they are created to support.
Trevor represented Mr. Colbert through his private practice and disqualified himself from any Legal Center consideration or activity regarding Colbert’s political activities.
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THE HAM ROVE MEMORIAL FUND
March 21, 2013: Mr. Colbert provided videotaped remarks to be played at the official dedication of the Ham Rove Memorial Conference Room at the Campaign Legal Center.
December 13, 2012: Mr. Colbert announces that while the Colbert Super PAC money has vanished legally without a trace, a new organization called the Ham Rove Memorial Fund had made generous contributions to a number of organizations, including the Campaign Legal Center.
TREVOR POTTER’S APPEARANCES ON THE COLBERT REPORT
Interested in reading about the Colbert Super PAC and Trevor Potter phenomenon instead of watching it? Here are a few key articles to catch you up to speed.
Slate: Colbert v. the Court - Why, in the battle over Citizens United, the Supreme Court never had a chance by Dahlia Lithwick (Feb. 2, 2012)
PRI's "The Takeaway": Stephen Colbert’s Super PAC Man Trevor Potter by Jillian Weinberger (Feb. 1, 2012) or to listen to the interview with Trevor Potter,click here.
Washingtonian: A Q&A with Trevor Potter, Stephen Colbert's Lawyer (the DC-based lawyer talks Super PACs, TV appearances, and those Mitt Romney serial killer ads), by Marisa M. Kashino (Jan. 24, 2012)
Politico: Satire Puts Super PACs on Stage, by Keach Hagey (Jan. 19, 2012)
Politico: How to Finish What Colbert Started, by Trevor Potter (Oct. 19, 2015)