(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.
- Feb 1, 2018
“It appears that Liberty Action Group’s primary purpose was to siphon money off of grassroots activists with misleading fundraising appeals,” said Brendan Fischer, the director of federal and FEC reform programs for the Campaign Legal Center, an ethics watchdog group. “Asking for donations to support a get-out-the-vote campaign and using that money for more fundraising is entirely deceptive.”
- Feb 1, 2018
On February 2, 2018 Gerry Hebert, gave oral testimony before the U.S. Civil Rights Commission in North Carolina.
- Jan 31, 2018
Ruth Greenwood, of the Campaign Legal Center in Washington, said political parties have brought dozens of partisan gerrymandering claims since the Supreme Court first recognized that partisan considerations in redistricting could violate the Constitution in 1986 in Davis v. Bandemer. But it’s only recently that partisan gerrymandering claims have been successful, with the 2016 Wisconsin ruling opening the floodgates for similar claims, Greenwood said. The Campaign Legal Center is counsel to several groups challenging state voting districts, including the Wisconsin case.
http://www.tampabay.com/projects/2018/investigations/zombie-campaigns/spending-millions-after-office/Campaign experts said that while FEC rules are vague, it’s clear that someone out of politics should not have expenses that come with campaigning. “It’s hard to imagine how some of this is not illegal,” said Larry Noble, a former FEC attorney and senior director of ethics for the Washington-based Campaign Legal Center. “If you’re not in office and you aren’t running, there aren’t a lot of expenditures you should be having.”
- Jan 31, 2018
“From flooding Facebook with carefully targeted paid advertisements to hacking [Democratic National Committee] servers to breaking into state voting records to quiet meetings in Trump Tower, we are learning that Russia employed a torrent of strategies to intervene in our elections,“ CLC President Trevor Potter said Wednesday during a conference call about the group’s report. “Just 10 months away from our next federal elections this year, it’s important for all of us to recognize these threats and think proactively about how to protect against them. Otherwise these types of actions and more threaten to undermine our democracy indefinitely.”
North Jersey: 1 GOP says Gottheimer email touting fund-raising totals may have broken House ethics rulesJan 31, 2018
Meredith McGehee, a government ethics expert at the Campaign Legal Center, said the rule is one of the few areas where the ethics committee of the House has consistently applied the rules and punished violators. "It's one of those clear lines," she said. "It's the line you don't cross." But she said there would likely be leniency if it was a mistake. "If you show it was a mistake, that it was not willful and not repetitive, they say don't do that again," she said.
Southern Coalition for Social Justice: Supreme Court Grants North Carolina’s Application to Delay Redrawing of Electoral Maps, Putting Fair Elections in North Carolina in Jeopardy For…Jan 30, 2018
On January 18th the Supreme Court said North Carolina does not have to redraw its congressional voting maps by January 29, as a federal district court ordered on January 9 when it struck down the 2016 map as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander. Campaign Legal Center (CLC) and the Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ) represent the League of Women Voters of North Carolina, in this legal challenge to state’s 2016 maps. North Carolina’s maps have been in dispute since 2012, and the Supreme Court invalidated the state’s 2012 and 2014 maps as a racial gerrymander. In 2016, North Carolina voters went to the polls with the current map, which the district court has now also ruled unconstitutional.
Paul Smith and Marcia Coyle in Conversation: Gerrymandering at the Supreme Court (The National Law Journal)Jan 30, 2018
On January 30, 2018, Paul Smith, CLC Senior Legal Counsel, was interviewed by Marcia Coyle in regards to the current U.S. Supreme Court gerrymandering cases.