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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.
Center for Public Integrity: Republican lawmakers’ posh hideaway bankrolled by secret corporate cashOct 18, 2017
“The immediate effect is it looks like it hid certain donors to the convention,” said Lawrence Noble, senior director and general counsel for the Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan nonprofit that advocates for campaign finance reform. Noble said it’s difficult to know exactly how the money was solicited or who knew the original source of it, but “the effect is that you’re not seeing who really gave the money for this.”
- Oct 17, 2017
Trevor Potter, a Republican former chairman of the Federal Election Commission, called the Trump campaign's early fundraising "unprecedented" and raised questions about how upfront the campaign is being with its donors.
"We're in an unprecedented situation and it's all new territory. The key question here is what do donors know and what are their expectations?" Potter said.
- Oct 17, 2017
If de León was contributing the money to help another federal candidate, “there wouldn’t be a problem, so long as it complied with state law,” said Larry Noble, general counsel for the Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan election reform group.
“But if his money is establishing the Super PAC, it could be considered a contribution to his campaign, and that would be illegal,” Noble added.
- Oct 16, 2017
Much of that money has gone to RAN’s executives, despite its lack of apparent political activity. And according to Brendan Fischer, the director of federal and FEC reform projects for the Campaign Legal Center, that could be contributing to its financial state of affairs.
“Perhaps the only check on a super PAC paying excessive compensation to its executives is that they’ll burn bridges with donors,” Fischer said in an email. “Presumably donors who write big checks to super PACs want their money spent electing candidates, not to go directly into the pocket of the super PAC’s staff.”
- Oct 16, 2017
Walter Shaub, who resigned as the director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics in July 2017, said the rules governing a particular trust are key to understanding whether an official has to disclose the entire trust, or just the assets that produced income shortly before they were transferred out of the filer’s hands. “If someone were to divest an asset by giving it away, it’s important that that asset never wind up back in the donors’ hands again,” Shaub said. “If at some point in the future that person ends up with the asset again, it’s going to look like it was a sham divestiture.”
The Eagle: To fund bid against Ted Cruz, former mayor puts up building as prize in "essay and rib contest"Oct 16, 2017
Brendan Fischer, director of federal and FEC reform at the Campaign Legal Center, said McQueen should be careful not to accept bids from foreign nationals or other parties barred from contributing to U.S. political campaigns.
“You can see how this creates a situation where you can run afoul of the law,” Fischer said. “A much better way of raising money for his campaign is to sell the property and just donate money to his campaign. It seems like it’s a much more tortured effort to create this sort of convoluted lottery.”
- Oct 13, 2017
One of them, the Campaign Legal Center, called the Trump administration’s plan to allow for-profit colleges to enrich officials who implement the GI Bill “contrary to law and arbitrary and capricious.”
“We couldn’t just rely on informal assurances offered to the media,” said Walter Shaub, the former director of the Office of Government Ethics, who resigned in protest in July.
- Oct 12, 2017
On October 12, 2017, CLC convened a conference examining foreign interference in U.S. Elections. The panel was moderated by Tara Malloy, CLC Senior Director, and highlighted areas where existing law fell short in protecting the 2016 elections from foreign actors. Adav Noti, CLC Senior Director, Trial Litigation & Strategy was a member of the panel.
- Oct 12, 2017
On October 12, 2017, CLC convened a conference examining foreign interference in U.S. Elections. The conference was kicked off with a speech from CLC President, Trevor Potter. The first panel focused on the 2016 elections and was moderated by CLC Senior Director of Strategic Communications, Sandhya Bathija.