(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.
- Jan 12, 2012
Today, the Campaign Legal Center and a broad coalition of civic organizations launched a petition – following a process set up by the White House – to pressure President Obama to get off the sidelines by appointing new commissioners to the Federal Election Commission (FEC). The administration has promised to respond to petitions receiving at least 25,000 signatures.
Supreme Court Upholds Ban on Campaign Contributions and Independent Expenditures by Foreign NationalsJan 9, 2012
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court summarily affirmed a ruling by a three-judge district court in Bluman v. Federal Election Commission which had upheld the federal ban on campaign contributions and independent expenditures by foreign nationals temporarily residing in the United States.
- Dec 19, 2011
On December 2, 2011, Campaign Legal Center President Trevor Potter addressed the current state of affairs of our federal campaign finance system in a speech in Austin before the Professional Advocacy Association of Texas. The remarks recount the series of actions that brought us to where we are today and chart a path toward a remedy for a system veering toward election-by-auction. The text of the speech follow below.
I’m glad that my work as the lawyer for Stephen Colbert’s Super PAC makes introductions so easy: you can just show some of the clips of me giving legal advice on air! As that video illustrated, though, even the communications genius of Stephen Colbert cannot always make the legal intricacies of Super PACs easy. So, let me start by summarizing how we got to where we are today.
- Dec 15, 2011
Today, the Campaign Legal Center filed an amicus brief to support Florida’s “electioneering communications” disclosure law with the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in National Organization for Marriage (NOM) v. Browning. The case is the latest in a string of challenges to disclosure laws across the country.
FEC Complaint Filed Against Perry Campaign and Perry-Supporting Super PAC Urging Investigation of Shared Video FootageDec 15, 2011
Today the Campaign Legal Center, together with Democracy 21, will file acomplaint urging the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to investigate possible violations of campaign finance law by presidential candidate Rick Perry’s campaign committee, RickPerry.org, and the Perry-supporting Super PAC Make Us Great Again.
IRS: Crossroads GPS, Americans Elect, Other Groups Continue to Abuse Tax Laws to Shield Donors: Campaign Legal Center & Democracy 21 Provide Further Evidence and Urge IRS ActionDec 14, 2011
The Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21 today provided additional materials to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), supplementing previous submissions regarding several controversial organizations that appear to be in clear violation of their tax status as 501(c)(4) “social welfare” organizations. Today’s letter to the IRS backs up an earlier request that the agency investigate Crossroads GPS, the American Action Network, Americans Elect and Priorities USA.
U.S. Senate: CLC Urges Senate Committee to Pass Strong Ban on Congressional Insider Trading at Tomorrow’s MarkupDec 13, 2011
Today, the Campaign Legal Center, and a coalition of reform groups, urged the Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Government Affairs to pass a strong version of a bill banning congressional insider trading at its markup of the legislation tomorrow. The “Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act” (STOCK Act) has seen a groundswell of congressional support in the wake of a scathing CBS News “60 Minutes” piece on congressional insider trading last month.
U.S. House: On Insider Trading, Reformers Urge House Leadership Not to Ignore Majority of House MembersDec 9, 2011
Today, the Campaign Legal Center, and a coalition of reform groups, called on the Speaker of the House and the House Majority Leader to heed calls from a majority of the colleagues to pass legislation to curb congressional insider trading.
- Dec 9, 2011
Last week, Campaign Legal Center President Trevor Potter sat down with Ross Ramsey of The Texas Tribune to discuss the state of play in campaign finance. Potter describes system “in huge flux” that bears almost no resemblance to the system of full disclosure imagined by Justice Kennedy in his majority opinion in Citizens United v. FEC.