Appearances, Publications & Speeches
Jim Renacci's bipartisan Federal Election Commission reform effort is sorely needed (Cleveland Plain Dealer)Jan 29, 2016
Is it a waste of taxpayer money for an agency to exist, but so seriously fail in its mission that its own chair described it as "worse than dysfunctional?" Yes, it is—and American taxpayers deserve better. The Federal Election Commission is failing to fulfill even the basic functions of its job.
- Jan 21, 2016
Remarks by Trevor Potter, President of the Campaign Legal Center, delivered today at the Brookings Institution’s Campaign Finance Solutions Summit, supported by Issue One. Potter is a Non-Resident Fellow at Brookings and a Senior Advisor to Issue One.
I come before you today with both good news and bad news. Both are the same news, and that is: We have been here before.
109 years ago this month, Congress passed one of the first major laws geared toward reducing the corrupting influence of big money on American politics. The Tillman Act of 1907 banned corporate contributions to candidates for federal office, and was enacted in response to a crisis of money in politics that has many similarities with the one we confront at this summit today.
- Jan 11, 2016
In these days, when there seems to be almost limitless information available at the tap of your finger, what would drive anyone to try to hide information that is required to be in plain sight?
- Jan 8, 2016
During consideration of the 2015 Omnibus budget bill, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) unsuccessfully tried to insert a rider to eliminate coordinated spending limits for political parties. He lost because of opposition from an unlikely coalition -- most (though not all) Democrats and some Tea Party Republicans who don't trust their party's establishment. Sen. McConnell made this move under the guise of "strengthening the political parties but in reality, it would have provided yet another avenue for big money to enter into American campaigns.
- Nov 21, 2015
We wanted to bring to your attention the op-ed below which ran in The Washington Post over the weekend. It was written by Campaign Legal Center General Counsel Larry Noble who questions the claims by a pro-Hillary Clinton Super PAC that it can legally coordinate with the Clinton Campaign.
- Nov 18, 2015
A remarkable eighty percent of Americans – both Republicans and Democrats -- believe that the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United should be overturned. Much of the public outrage and energy around undoing the damage done by the Court’s campaign finance jurisprudence has focused on amending the Constitution. Amending the constitution however is no small feat and the barriers are significant. This backgrounder, prepared by CLC for Issue One, examines the procedural hurdles and potential shortcomings of such a course.
- Nov 17, 2015
Opponents of the disclosure of political spending have been playing fast and loose with the truth. This FAQ, prepared by CLC for Issue One, sorts the myths from the facts when it comes to the laws and regulation of ‘dark money’ groups and their spending in federal elections.
- Nov 12, 2015
The Campaign Legal Center and Issue One jointly released a report which details specific solutions to reduce the power of money in politics and restore faith in public institutions. The report and accompanying website provide a comprehensive overview of how reforms have been implemented across the country and outlines best practices for legislators and advocates enacting change in their states and local communities. Coming on the heels of recent ballot initiative victories in Seattle and Maine, Blueprints for Democracy is a timely compilation of both the support for and feasibility of effective money-in-politics reform.
The Money in Politics Disaster - Video of Trevor Potter's Remarks at the Independent Sector Annual ConferenceNov 6, 2015
"We are at a point in American history where our political process is characterized by division, disagreement and polarization. In these circumstances, it’s easy to believe that there are few, if any, political issues left on which an overwhelming number of Americans — both Republicans and Democrats — agree. In fact, this is not the case: a Bloomberg poll conducted only last month found that on one of the country’s most pressing problems, there’s unrivaled bipartisan consensus. On what issue can 80 percent of Republicans and 83 percent of Democrats find common ground? Believe it or not, the answer is money in politics!
On October 28, 2015, CLC President and General Counsel Trevor Potter delivered the following remarks at the Independent Sector Annual Conference, as part of the "Red, White, and on the Brink" plenary session. Click here to watch a recording of the address and plenary session.
Trevor Potter's Remarks at Harvard Law School: "Legal Rubble: Money and Politics in the Age of Citizens United"Nov 2, 2015
"I need to describe what I see as the four basic failures of the Citizens United decision—failures of understanding and imagination. These result in the collision of abstract legal theory with reality. This is a collision that a Court more familiar with political practices, administrative process, and the difficulties of legislating might have predicted and avoided."
On October 9, 2015, CLC President and General Counsel Trevor Potter addressed Harvard Law School students and faculty as part of a series on election law. Click here to watch a recording of the lecture and subsequent discussion.