(photo courtesy of Colbert Report)
Campaign Legal Center President (and attorney at the law firm Caplin & Drysdale) Trevor Potter played an important role in the last election cycle: that of "personal lawyer" to comedian Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report. Mr. Colbert took on the absurdities of some of current campaign finance law and turned them into a running parody on his show this election cycle, with the help of Trevor. To watch video highlights of Trevor Potter's appearances on The Colbert Report, click here.
- Mar 9, 2018
"There's a whole dark area of campaigns out there when, if you're not part of the target group, you don't know anything about them," said Larry Noble of the Campaign Legal Center in Washington, which seeks greater transparency in political spending. "And if reporters don't know about it, they can't ask questions about it."
- Mar 8, 2018
“It actually presents a relatively clean issue for the court,” said Lawrence M. Noble, a former top lawyer at the Federal Election Commission who is now the general counsel for the Campaign Legal Center, a watchdog group. “What she signed amounts to a gag order, and she has rights if this agreement is not found to be valid.”
- Mar 8, 2018
While neither the DCCC or NRCC emails are illegal, the NRCC emails “strike me as unseemly for all the reasons the president’s involvement with these properties is unseemly,” said Adav Noti, chief of staff at the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center and former associate general counsel for policy at the Federal Election Commission. NRCC spokesman Jesse Hunt declined to comment on fundraising techniques.
Reno Gazette Journal: Attorneys suspect tens of thousands of Nevadans wrongly stripped of right to voteMar 8, 2018
Danielle Lang, senior legal counsel at the Campaign Legal Center, did not rule out similar legal action if Nevada doesn’t make promised changes to it’s voter registration forms.
"CLC will consider legal options, including litigation, if an official refuses to make the necessary changes," Lang wrote in an email to the Reno Gazette Journal. "We have raised a similar allegation in our ongoing Alabama felony disenfranchisement lawsuit. The court has not yet ruled on that claim."
Lang figures tens of thousands of Nevadans with past convictions are eligible to vote, but probably don’t know it.
CNBC: Trump to reportedly dine with key figures in America First Policies, a secretive pro-Trump nonprofit groupMar 7, 2018
By attending a small, private dinner with key figures at American First Policies, "Trump is saying, in effect, that America First Policies has the White House's blessing," said Brendan Fischer, an election law expert at the nonprofit Campaign Legal Center. "It also sends a signal to deep-pocketed financial interests that they can buy influence with the administration through secret donations to the White House's preferred dark money group."
The dinner also presents an opportunity for America First Policies "to make sure that its political spending is of maximum value to the president, which in turn means that donations to the group can buy maximum influence with the president," Fischer said.
- Mar 7, 2018
Lawrence Noble, general counsel of the Campaign Legal Center, said joint fundraising committees are not unlike super PACs in that they both offer donors and campaigns a way to get around the legal contribution limits for individual candidates.
“You’ll see the presidential candidate, the national party committee, and the state party committees [teaming up],” Noble said. “It allows them to add up all the individual contribution limits they have, and then we’ll split it, so that no one goes over the limit.”
President Trump Should Act on OSC Recommendation to Take Disciplinary Action Against Kellyanne ConwayMar 6, 2018
The question now is whether the White House will uphold the Hatch Act, as it is up to the White House to decide how high-level employees like Conway should be disciplined. The willfulness of Conway’s violation makes clear that anything less than removal from the federal service or a lengthy unpaid suspension will not deter future misconduct on her part.
- Mar 6, 2018
The OSC began its investigation after the Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan Washington group that has been critical of the Trump administration’s approach to ethics, filed complaints about the TV appearances.
- Mar 6, 2018
The Office of Government Ethics -- then led by Walter Shaub who has since stepped down and joined the Campaign Legal Center as well as become a CNN contributor -- said Conway's statements were inappropriate and called on the White House to take disciplinary action.
- Mar 6, 2018
In a statement from the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center where he serves as senior director, Walter Shaub accused Conway of making it "clear" that she has no intention of following government ethics practices.
Shaub also dismissed pushback from the White House directed at the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), which announced that Conway had violated the Hatch Act twice in her official capacity.