(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.
- Dec 4, 2017
“I worry about foreign influence on our political system,” Larry Noble, general counsel at the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center, told IBT/MapLight. “One of the things that recent events are highlighting is the porous nature of a lot of our laws and a lack of enforcement.”
- Dec 3, 2017
Brendan Fischer of the non-partisan Washington, D.C.-based Campaign Legal Center, said Thursday by telephone that Hunter’s vape-related activity raised some questions about how he is using his time, but it didn’t necessarily cross ethical lines.
“All of this indicates Hunter’s close relationship with the vaping industry, which I don’t think is a secret,” Fischer said. “It’s not something he has tried to hide. The question is whether it implies an official endorsement. This doesn’t seem to rise to that level.”
Fischer said it’s not necessarily outside of ethical guidelines for a congressman to tell people he knows about a product he likes. It could become a problem if it appears to be an official endorsement or if he or his family have a financial interest in the product or company.
- Dec 1, 2017
Why does it matter who Nicholson’s clients were? Brendan Fischer, a political ethics expert with the Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan government accountability group, said it’s important to know what could create conflicts of interest for Nicholson if he’s elected — such as a vote on a bill affecting a former client.
“If a candidate takes office, we want to know who was previously paying them,” Fischer said.
- Dec 1, 2017
“This is wild,” said Brendan Fischer, the director of FEC and federal reform programs at the Campaign Legal Center, an ethics watchdog group, when alerted to Highway 31’s FEC filing. “This looks like a blatant effort to dodge disclosure requirements. And it could have the effect of keeping voters in the dark about who is funding these ads until after Election Day.”
“I suspect that the vendors who created these ads will wait to invoice the campaign for a few weeks. And then, after Election Day has passed, some megadonor will drop a few million into the Highway 31 super PAC and pay off its debts,” Fischer said.
- Nov 30, 2017
Revelations last month that the Clinton campaign’s joint fundraising agreement with the Democratic National Committee (DNC) fueled accusations that the primary was “rigged.”
The agreement was certainly problematic. It appeared to grant Clinton a degree of control over the DNC, months before voters had a chance to cast their ballot, further tilting the political landscape toward the interests of megadonors rather than voters. President Trump even called the joint fundraising agreement evidence of “real collusion and dishonesty.”
But now, the Republican-controlled Senate is pushing a measure to grant presidential candidates even more control over how parties spend those massive joint fundraising checks.
New Video Showcases How Alabama’s Felony Disenfranchisement Law Continues to Silence Voices of VotersNov 30, 2017
Alabama faces another election on December 12, while the state continues to deny as many as a quarter of a million Alabamians their right to vote.
- Nov 30, 2017
Nearly 250,000 Alabama residents are being denied their right to vote due to the state’s felony disenfranchisement laws, the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center claims in a new video.
According to the video “Uncounted: America’s Silenced Citizens,” as many as six million Americans nationwide are currently being prevented from voting due to prior felony convictions.
WHNT CBS19: IRS complaint filed against Roy Moore’s non-profit, alleges the foundation illegally promoted his campaignNov 30, 2017
The Campaign Legal Center (CLC), a non-partisan watchdog group, has filed an IRS complaint against the Foundation for Moral Law, the non-profit founded by Moore and currently headed by his wife. The CLC says the foundation illegally promoted Moore's campaign.
The Campaign Legal Center's Brendan Fischer explains, "We noticed the Foundation for Moral Law, a charity that he founded, that is currently led by his wife, was particularly active in promoting his candidacy. "
But Fischer said federal law bars charities from supporting political candidates.
- Nov 29, 2017
A political move by a relatively small player in the campaign, though, is poised to force changes to those rules. The Rio Grande Foundation, along with the conservative Goldwater Institute out of Arizona, has sued the city over its determination that the $7,500 production and distribution of a video decrying the proposed tax required disclosure of donors.
The city is faced with the potential of a court battle that city attorneys think they are likely to lose, and officials appear ready to back down. The City Council is set to vote next month on a bill that would completely eliminate the requirement for "independent expenditure groups" to report on contributions that pay for ballot measure advocacy.