(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.
- Mar 21, 2018
According to a new lawsuit filed by the Campaign Legal Center in Washington, Cambridge Analytica had at least 10 data analysts embedded in the Trump campaign's own voter-targeting data machine, led by Brad Parscale, and it charges that the Trump campaign, CA, and the Make America Number 1 PAC coordinated improperly, in violation of federal election regulations. It was that machine, which worked in concert with the Republican National Committee in 2016, that reportedly made use of the improperly obtained Facebook data.
- Mar 21, 2018
But Adav Noti, Senior Director of Trial Litigation at the Campaign Legal Center, and an associate counsel for the FEC from 2013 to 2017, said agreeing on a rule change, no matter how small, is still an improvement.
“If they’re able to reach agreement on an actual proposed rule-making that would be a step forward, even if it’s incremental,” he said.
- Mar 20, 2018
Many states allow the people to amend the electoral laws via ballot proposition. I’ve previously shared my excitement that the people of Maine voted to adopt an election system proven to reduce partisan polarization and increase minority representation. Sadly, the story does not end with a victory for the people…yet. Across the country in 2018, there will be dozens of ballot initiatives aimed at expanding the franchise and limiting the ability of legislators to manipulate the rules to stay in power. These types of reforms enjoy overwhelming bipartisan support and, absent legislative shenanigans, will hopefully be adopted.
- Mar 19, 2018
Paul Smith, vice president of litigation and strategy at the Campaign Legal Center, who will argue the case before the Supreme Court opposing the Republican-drawn plan said, "Partisan gerrymandering of this kind is worse now than at any time in recent memory. The Supreme Court has the opportunity to ensure the maps in Wisconsin are drawn fairly, and further, has the opportunity to create ground rules that safeguard every citizen's right to freely choose their representatives."
The Washington Post: The CEO of the Trump 2016 data firm was recorded pitching illegal overseas campaign tacticsMar 19, 2018
Cambridge was apparently created in part to address concerns about foreign companies being involved in American elections, but, according to the Campaign Legal Center’s Lawrence Noble, it is legal for a campaign to hire a consulting firm with foreign employees to bolster its campaign efforts.
Daily Beast: Disgraced Ex-Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell Aide Resurfaces in Arizona’s Senate GOP PrimaryMar 19, 2018
A legal complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission regarding that proposal remains under consideration. Brendan Fischer, the director of federal reform programs for the Campaign Legal Center, the watchdog group behind the complaint, told The Daily Beast he was surprised to see Benton’s name resurface.
“Benton has certainly demonstrated a pattern of disregarding the law,” Fischer said in an email. “And somehow this guy keeps getting hired.”
As for the structure of KelliPAC’s payment to Benton’s firm, Fischer said it’s not unusual for political groups to reserve ad time in order to get better rates. “That being said,” he added, “it is not clear why an Arizona super PAC would pay a Kentucky political operative to buy Arizona airtime months in advance.”
- Mar 19, 2018
“In an ideal world, with a fully functioning Congress, there would be hearings around the Honest Ads Act, and you would have Facebook and Google and Twitter and experts testify to shine a light on the nature of political advertising,” said Brendan Fischer, director of FEC reform at the Campaign Legal Center. “We’re not close to that at all.”
- Mar 19, 2018
“That’s almost the classic revolving door problem in Washington,” said Larry Noble, general counsel of the Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan group that advocates adherence to campaign finance laws. “When you move right to a company that you helped when you were in government, it raises the appearance of something untoward going on, even if there was none.”
- Mar 17, 2018
“Tax returns give voters important information about a candidate's potential conflicts of interest and, if elected, whether they would personally benefit from the policies they promote,” said Brendan Fischer, a director with the federal Campaign Legal Center.
He told the Post-Gazette it is “incredibly unfortunate” that Trump broke with decades of tradition in refusing to release his tax returns.
“It would be even more unfortunate,” Fischer said, “if President Trump's disregard for well-established norms of ethics and transparency were replicated at the state level.”
- Mar 15, 2018
But the fact that Trump is making money from business deals with Kushner might make him less likely to remove Kushner — essentially putting Trump’s personal financial interests before the interests of the country.
“If Trump wasn’t doing business with Kushner’s business, would he still be in the job?” Lawrence Noble, the general counsel of the Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan watchdog group, asks.