(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.
Vote Should Jumpstart Negotiations on the DISCLOSE Act: Statement of Meredith McGehee, Policy DirectorJul 27, 2010
S. 3628, the revised DISCLOSE Act introduced by Sen. Schumer last week, deserved to move forward today. The bill, while not perfect, is fair, appropriate and urgently needed. But, not surprisingly, partisan politics trumped the public interest when the Senate broke along party lines and failed to achieve cloture.
- Jul 23, 2010
Reform groups today urged Senators to vote for cloture on the bill and against an anticipated filibuster when a revised version of the DISCLOSE Act (S. 3628) is brought to the floor for consideration next Tuesday. The legislation was introduced in response to the Supreme Court’s controversial ruling in Citizens United v. FEC unleashing corporate and union treasury funds in federal elections.
- Jul 16, 2010
Today, reform groups responded to Senator Scott Brown’s letter (R-MA) to them announcing his opposition to the DISCLOSE Act (S. 3295). The groups urged Sen. Brown to bring up his concerns with the bill’s sponsors rather than dismissing the legislation outright. The Senate is still expected to bring the bill to a vote prior to the August recess. The legislation currently has 49 cosponsors in the Senate but will require 60 votes to overcome a filibuster.
Public Financing Ruling in Connecticut Underscores Need for More Disclosure: Statement of Tara Malloy, Associate Legal CounselJul 13, 2010
While we are disappointed with the overall outcome of the appeals in Green Party of Connecticut v. Garfield, we are pleased by certain aspects of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals’ opinions, which serve to correct errors in the district court’s decision.
- Jul 13, 2010
Today, reform groups urged Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) to support the DISCLOSE Act (S. 3295) and to oppose the expected effort to filibuster the proposed legislation. In 2002, both Senators cast key votes to help pass the landmark Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (a.k.a. McCain-Feingold).
- Jul 12, 2010
Today, reform groups urged Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) to support the DISCLOSE Act (S. 3295) and to oppose efforts to filibuster the proposed legislation. The Senate is expected to bring the bill to a vote before the August recess. The legislation currently has 49 cosponsors in the Senate but will require 60 votes to overcome a filibuster. A House version of the bill was passed on June 24, by a vote of 219-206.
- Jul 7, 2010
The Society for Scholarly Publishing takes a look at the DISCLOSE Act with a blog post that begins: “While the notion that information wants to be free has driven many movements around government-financed data and research, it pays to remember that covert political maneuvering and paying for influence are as old as civilization. And some of these forces don’t want information to be free. When some of the most well-funded corporations and interest groups also have a commercial stake in supporting transparency, you have all the ingredients for a real battle.”
McCain-Feingold “Soft Money” Ban Upheld Again by Supreme Court: Statement of Executive Director J. Gerald HebertJun 29, 2010
Today’s summary decision in RNC v. FEC by the U.S. Supreme Court is welcome news for anyone disturbed by the pay-to-play model of democracy and commerce in Washington. Just 7 years ago, the Court in the landmark McConnell v. FEC decision upheld the soft money provisions of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA) in their entirety.
DISCLOSE Act Vote A Victory for Citizens Over Special Interests: Statement of Policy Director Meredith McGeheeJun 24, 2010
Passage of the DISCLOSE Act by the House today is a victory for citizens over special interests. The fact that today's vote was so close is a sad testament to the power of special interests in Washington. Polling showed 8 in 10 Americans disapproved of the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. FEC, opening elections to a flood of corporate and union treasury funds. Better than 7 in 10 Americans wanted a legislative response, but special interests very nearly carried the day.