(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 17, 2018
"We're not aware of any other party chairs with this sort of payout situation," said Catie Kelley, director of policy and state programs for the Campaign Legal Center, a sentiment echoed by an official at the National Institute on Money in State Politics "It raises questions of whether the party chair is going to be directing the party in ways that favors those large donors" for a personal benefit, Kelley added.
- Jan 17, 2018
I am going to pick a Trump declaration, which explains much of what has followed. Setting the tone for his future behavior, in November of 2016, Trump announced, “The law’s totally on my side, meaning, the president can’t have a conflict of interest.” The fact that the president is exempt from some conflict-of-interest laws does not mean that he can’t have a conflict. It just means that certain presidential conflicts are not against the law. That is why previous presidents in recent years have acted in conformance with the laws, even if they were exempted.
- Jan 16, 2018
The public deserves to know whether President Trump is pocketing money earned in his hotels from foreign governments for many reasons. First, conflicts of interest of this magnitude create the appearance that he and his family are using his office to enrich themselves. In addition, the potential for sweetheart deals offered by foreign governments to Trump’s children could be used to influence official U.S. government policies.
- Jan 16, 2018
The matter highlights potential ethics concerns raised by Trump’s decision not to divest himself from his businesses, said Larry Noble, head of the Campaign Legal Center, a Washington-based public interest group that studies issues of democracy. “I don’t know if they’ve got a valid contract or not,” Noble said. “But if you’re a big company, you’d really have to think twice before getting into a fight with one of the president’s companies.”
The Sydney Herald: Meet the Australian lawyer trying to fix the US electoral system a vote at a timeJan 14, 2018
Ruth Greenwood, a graduate of Sydney University's law school, led legal arguments that three federal judges agreed showed North Carolina's electoral map is rigged in favour of the Republican Party. "This is democracy," Greenwood who is senior legal counsel for the voting advocacy group Campaign Legal Center in Chicago, says.
- Jan 14, 2018
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/14/north-carolina-gerrymandering-ruling-supreme-court“This is the first time ever that a congressional districting plan has been struck down as partisan gerrymander,” one of the plaintiff’s attorneys, Ruth Greenwood of the Campaign Legal Center, told the Guardian. “If we are able to keep that precedent, it could be applied to half a dozen other states.”
- Jan 12, 2018
But many American choose not to or are unable to vote in each election. Inability to vote in every election should not be disqualifying. But under Ohio’s current system, not voting in two consecutive elections initiates the state’s voter purge procedure and may lead to the removal of the voter from the rolls for future elections.
- Jan 11, 2018
Shaub told PolitiFact that a staffers' participation in an official Trump administration event designed to publicly humiliate certain media outlets would clearly constitute a misuse of their government position. "It’s not even a close call," he said. "Sending out tweets talking about how great Fox News is, which is a business, and now he’s going to give awards trashing CNN and others, which are businesses, is preferential treatment."
Lawsuit: Unlawful Delay by FEC to Resolve CLC Complaint Against Private Prison Company Threatens Integrity of Government Contracting ProcessJan 10, 2018
CLC filed a lawsuit against the FEC over its unlawful delay in enforcing federal law against GEO Group, one of America’s largest private prison companies.