(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.
SPEECHNOW.ORG Decision begins Legacy of Activist Citizens united Ruling & trumpets Need For Legislative reforms: Statement of Paul S. Ryan, Associate Legal CounselMar 26, 2010
The decision by the DC Circuit in SpeechNow.org to allow unlimited contributions to political committees to make independent expenditures demonstrates a judicial lack of understanding of the realities of the way corruption threatens our elections. This decision, and the Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court this term allowing corporate independent political expenditures, simply ignore history and the reality that independent expenditures can and do corrupt, buy access to, and curry favor with Members of Congress, and residents of the White House. To hold that the only form of true corruption is the literal quid pro quo of a bribe for a vote is simply untethered from political reality.
- Mar 26, 2010
We welcome the decision of the three-judge district court panel in RNC v FEC to uphold the McCain-Feingold soft money ban from legal attack by those who seek to allow unlimited and corrupting contributions by corporations and special interests to the national party committees. Though an appeal to the Supreme Court may well follow day's decision, the court rightfully recognized that the Supreme Court's 2003 McConnell decision is still the law of the land when it comes to the ban on soft money contributions to political party committees. The panel rightfully recognized that the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United did not address the constitutionality of the soft money ban.
- Mar 25, 2010
Today the Campaign Legal Center and the League of Women Voters of the United States released "Developing an Action Agenda for Redistricting in 2011", a report stemming from a conference convened to bring a broad spectrum of stakeholders and experts to the table to seek common ground.
New Transparency Bill would Bring redistricting Out of Back Rooms: Statement of J. Gerald Hebert, Executive DirectorMar 24, 2010
The "Redistricting Transparency Act of 2010" (H.R. 4918), introduced by Rep. John Tanner (D-TN) and Rep. Michael Castle (R-DE), will bring the redrawing of congressional districts into the light of day. The secretive process employed in too many states has left citizens in the dark while legislators handpick the voters that will be their constituency. This gerrymandering, with politicians choosing voters instead of voters choosing their elected officials, is a grave disservice to our democracy and feeds the bitter partisanship and dysfunction on Capitol Hill.
- Mar 21, 2010
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the petition for certiorari in Cao v. FEC, a key case concerning the federal party coordinated spending limits. The high Court’s order leaves standing the decision of the en banc Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals that strongly affirmed the constitutionality of these important restrictions.
Legal Center Files and Testifies on 3 Matters Before the FEC Relating to Coordination, Soft Money & Non-Federal Fundraising EventsMar 19, 2010
This week the Campaign Legal Center offered testimony and submitted comments in three matters before the Federal Election Commission (FEC). The Legal Center filed comments opposing an advisory opinion request by the National Democratic Redistricting Trust to allow Members of Congress to solicit unlimited soft money contributions for redistricting activities, submitted supplemental comments in a rulemaking on coordination between candidates and outside groups, and testified at an FEC rulemaking hearing regarding the participation of federal candidates and officeholders in nonfederal fundraising events.
CLC Hails Schumer-Van Hollen Proposal to Address the Activist Citizens United Ruling: Statement of Meredith McGehee, Policy DirectorFeb 11, 2010
The proposal announced today by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) is a strong counter-thrust to the damage done to our democracy by the U.S. Supreme Court in its activist ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission . Once this legislation is officially introduced, Congress should move quickly to enact these measures before undisclosed corporate money, likely laundered through trade associations and front groups, floods the 2010 election cycle.
- Feb 4, 2010
Today the Campaign Legal Center urged President Obama to take immediate steps to replace those members of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) serving expired terms in order to begin the housecleaning at the agency to ensure our nation's campaign finance laws are enforced. There is much to be done in the wake of the activist 5-4 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Citizens United.
U.S. Senate: CLC Offers Possible Legislative Fixes to Citizens United at Request of Senate CommitteeFeb 1, 2010
Today the Campaign Legal Center submitted the following letter and memo to Senate Rules Committee Chairman Charles Schumer (D-NY) offering a series of potential legislative fixes to repair some of the damage done by the U.S. Supreme Court in its recent ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. The suggested approaches were submitted for the official record at the request of the Rules Committee and outline a list of issues that the Legal Center recommends Congressional leaders should consider when putting together a legislative package in response to the recent court ruling.