(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 31, 2018
Ruth Greenwood, of the Campaign Legal Center in Washington, said political parties have brought dozens of partisan gerrymandering claims since the Supreme Court first recognized that partisan considerations in redistricting could violate the Constitution in 1986 in Davis v. Bandemer. But it’s only recently that partisan gerrymandering claims have been successful, with the 2016 Wisconsin ruling opening the floodgates for similar claims, Greenwood said. The Campaign Legal Center is counsel to several groups challenging state voting districts, including the Wisconsin case.
http://www.tampabay.com/projects/2018/investigations/zombie-campaigns/spending-millions-after-office/Campaign experts said that while FEC rules are vague, it’s clear that someone out of politics should not have expenses that come with campaigning. “It’s hard to imagine how some of this is not illegal,” said Larry Noble, a former FEC attorney and senior director of ethics for the Washington-based Campaign Legal Center. “If you’re not in office and you aren’t running, there aren’t a lot of expenditures you should be having.”
- Jan 31, 2018
“From flooding Facebook with carefully targeted paid advertisements to hacking [Democratic National Committee] servers to breaking into state voting records to quiet meetings in Trump Tower, we are learning that Russia employed a torrent of strategies to intervene in our elections,“ CLC President Trevor Potter said Wednesday during a conference call about the group’s report. “Just 10 months away from our next federal elections this year, it’s important for all of us to recognize these threats and think proactively about how to protect against them. Otherwise these types of actions and more threaten to undermine our democracy indefinitely.”
North Jersey: 1 GOP says Gottheimer email touting fund-raising totals may have broken House ethics rulesJan 31, 2018
Meredith McGehee, a government ethics expert at the Campaign Legal Center, said the rule is one of the few areas where the ethics committee of the House has consistently applied the rules and punished violators. "It's one of those clear lines," she said. "It's the line you don't cross." But she said there would likely be leniency if it was a mistake. "If you show it was a mistake, that it was not willful and not repetitive, they say don't do that again," she said.
Southern Coalition for Social Justice: Supreme Court Grants North Carolina’s Application to Delay Redrawing of Electoral Maps, Putting Fair Elections in North Carolina in Jeopardy For…Jan 30, 2018
On January 18th the Supreme Court said North Carolina does not have to redraw its congressional voting maps by January 29, as a federal district court ordered on January 9 when it struck down the 2016 map as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander. Campaign Legal Center (CLC) and the Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ) represent the League of Women Voters of North Carolina, in this legal challenge to state’s 2016 maps. North Carolina’s maps have been in dispute since 2012, and the Supreme Court invalidated the state’s 2012 and 2014 maps as a racial gerrymander. In 2016, North Carolina voters went to the polls with the current map, which the district court has now also ruled unconstitutional.
Paul Smith and Marcia Coyle in Conversation: Gerrymandering at the Supreme Court (The National Law Journal)Jan 30, 2018
On January 30, 2018, Paul Smith, CLC Senior Legal Counsel, was interviewed by Marcia Coyle in regards to the current U.S. Supreme Court gerrymandering cases.
- Jan 30, 2018
Paul Smith argued the Wisconsin case before the Supreme Court. Smith, vice president for litigation and strategy at the nonprofit Campaign Legal Center, has argued 21 cases before the high court, including Vieth v. Jubelirer, a 2004 Pennsylvania gerrymandering case in which the court ruled 5-4 that Pennsylvania’s districts were not unconstitutional. In that case, the majority held that the court could take no action given the lack of a clear standard for determining gerrymandering. YES! Contributing Editor Fran Korten spoke with Smith about the Wisconsin gerrymandering case.
- Jan 29, 2018
CLC’s clients’ challenge to Alabama’s law that has stripped up to 280,000 people with convictions of their right to vote, Thompson v. Alabama, will move forward after a ruling from the Middle District of Alabama in late December denying the state’s attempt to dismiss the case. Today, the district court entered an order putting the case on track for a trial in Montgomery on May 6, 2019.