(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.
LA Times: Kevin De León has millions in state political accounts that he can't use for U.S. Senate campaignOct 23, 2017
Federal law restricts contributions by candidates to super PACs that support them with an eye toward making sure each committee keeps “its independence, which is required by law,” said Corey Goldstone, a spokesman for the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center based in Washington.
- Oct 21, 2017
Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore is apparently still misrepresenting his income and assets, according to the findings of an investigation into the GOP member’s personal finances.
In response, non-partisan public interest watchdog, the Campaign Legal Center (“CLC”), filed a letter with the Senate Ethics Committee yesterday afternoon amending a prior ethics complaint leveled against Moore for his alleged financial improprieties.
According to the amended complaint, Moore failed to disclose a promissory note of $540,000 made out to him by his own charity, the Foundation for Moral Law. The promissory note was apparently provided to Moore in lieu of certain payment obligations the foundation was unable to meet when Moore served as its president from 2007-2012.
- Oct 20, 2017
This administration has been very clear about their relationships with lobbyists or industry,” whether they were hiring them for jobs in the White House or consulting them on policy, said Meredith McGehee, a strategic advisor with the Campaign Legal Center, a non-profit that advocates for more ethical behavior in the federal government. “They have no qualms,” about looking like they have a cozy relationship with lobbyists, she said.
- Oct 20, 2017
“You can see how a person like Ayers, who has a longtime relationship with Pence, would work for the Trump campaign without compensation,” said Brendan Fischer of the nonpartisan watchdog group Campaign Legal Center.
Still, he added, Ayers “would be pretty well extended while working for those three campaigns at once.”
- Oct 20, 2017
"The note must be disclosed separately because it is a distinct asset from the mortgage that backs it," the Campaign Legal Center wrote to the Senate Ethics Committe. "For example, depending on the value of the FML building in an ever-fluctuating housing market, and depending on the outstanding amount of the building's first mortgage--which, as of 2014, was valued at $500,00012--it is possible that the second mortgage alone will fail to net Moore its full value. However, the promissory note nonetheless guarantees that Moore is entitled to the entire $540,000 from FML, regardless of the underlying value of the mortgage."
- Oct 20, 2017
Meredith McGehee, said increasing disclosures is the best way to fight foreign interference in elections. She said the Honest Ads Act is “a good faith effort to get that conversation started,” adding that it’s important to make online political spending more transparent.
“Listeners are entitled to know by whom they are being persuaded, and that from the radio days has applied,” McGehee said. “And there is no reason it shouldn’t apply for online platforms.”
Testimony in Support of Establishing a System of Public Financing for Political Campaigns in PhiladelphiaOct 20, 2017
CLC Director of Policy and State Programs, Catie Kelley testified before the Philadelphia City Council in support of legislation that would establish a system of public financing for political campaigns.
Bipartisan Bills in House and Senate Would Give Tools to Fight Foreign Interference in Future ElectionsOct 19, 2017
“The 2016 elections exposed glaring holes in our ability to police foreign intervention in US elections, and these bills are an appropriate, bipartisan disclosure remedy,” said Trevor Potter, president of Campaign Legal Center (CLC), and a 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. The Honest Ads Act gives voters, journalists, and law enforcement officers’ important tools to help root out illegal foreign activity. The transparency this bill aims to provide in the 2018 elections and beyond will protect and enhance the integrity of our elections, which are the most fundamental component of American self-governance.”
- Oct 19, 2017
Trevor Potter, president of Campaign Legal Center and a former Republican Chairman of the Federal Election Commission, supported the legislation in a statement. "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.
International Business Times: What Is Honest Ads Act? Plan To Make Online Ads Transparent IntroducedOct 19, 2017
“The 2016 elections exposed glaring holes in our ability to police foreign intervention in US elections, and these bills are an appropriate, bipartisan disclosure remedy,” Trevor Potter, president of Campaign Legal Center and a former Republican Chairman of the Federal Election Commission, said in a statement.