(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.
- Apr 25, 2018
“That creates an enormous potential for undue access and influence. An average voter in the state isn’t going to be able to fund an international vacation, complete with wine tastings and sight-seeing, with their lawmaker,” said Brendan Fischer, director of federal reform at the Campaign Legal Center. Spending days with a lawmaker gives special interests a chance to build a relationship, he said. “That can warp policy in favor of special interests rather than voters.”
The Washington Post: The nation’s weather and oceans agency has never gone this long without a confirmed leaderApr 25, 2018
Shaub wrote in a letter to Senate leadership that Myers “could legally take countless official actions as Administrator to enrich himself or his family by advancing AccuWeather’s financial interests.” Now senior director of ethics at the Campaign Legal Center, Shaub called for the Senate to “require [Myers] to incorporate in a supplemental ethics agreement as a condition for confirming him.”
- Apr 25, 2018
“The criminal conflict-of-interest statute draws a bright-line distinction between adult child and minor child,” said Walter Shaub, who until February 2017 ran the federal Office of Government Ethics.
Many government ethics experts disagree with that, Shaub noted. “In the case of an adult federal employee and their adult child, reasonable minds may differ.” Griffin Perry is in his mid-30s.
- Apr 24, 2018
Additionally, an analysis CLC shared with the Times shows that Pruitt’s use of federal PAC money as Oklahoma Attorney General offered a preview of what was to come during Pruitt’s tenure at EPA: a preference for a luxury lifestyle and a commitment to making sure his inner circle gets paid handsomely.
- Apr 24, 2018
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on two cases that challenge racially discriminatory redistricting in Texas. The Southern Coalition for Social Justice will argue that the state intentionally created and voted for discriminatory redistricting maps – twice. CLC submitted an amicus brief in support of the argument.
- Apr 24, 2018
“The states always watch these cases very carefully because they’re trying to see how much they can get away with in redistricting,” said Danielle Lang, an attorney with the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center who filed a brief in the case.
- Apr 23, 2018
“Self regulation is not the answer,” said Young Mie Kim, a University of Wisconsin-Madison professor and scholar-in-residence at the Washington-based Campaign Legal Center. Her research team, Project DATA, just released an analysis of Facebook’s paid ads in the final six weeks of the 2016 campaign.
- Apr 21, 2018
Larry Noble, senior director and general counsel of the Campaign Legal Center, detailed the ways in which recent decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court have made it easier for wealthy donors to funnel money to support the candidates and campaigns they favor.
The New York Times: Scott Pruitt Before the E.P.A.: Fancy Homes, a Shell Company and Friends With MoneyApr 21, 2018
An analysis of expenditure disclosures by the Campaign Legal Center, a nonprofit that pushes for stricter rules governing money in politics, shows that just 9 percent of the PAC’s spending was devoted to other candidates. The group found that the PAC had disbursed more than $7,000 for trips to Hawaii in summer 2015 and 2016, $2,180 of which was spent at a Ritz-Carlton. The PAC also put $4,000 toward dining, including a $661 meal at the Cafe Pacific, a high-end seafood restaurant in Dallas.
- Apr 20, 2018
“The 2016 election exposed glaring holes in our ability to police foreign intervention in U.S. elections and this bill is an appropriate, bipartisan remedy,” said Trevor Potter, former Republican chairman of the Federal Election Commission.
“Voters have a right to be fully informed about who is trying to influence their vote, particularly foreign powers whose motives are contrary to American interests.”