Appearances, Publications & Speeches
- Jun 28, 2016
Yesterday, the Supreme Court unanimously overturned the conviction of former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell on eleven counts of bribery-related charges, holding that his trial proceeded under an overly expansive reading of the “official act” element of the federal bribery statute. The Court’s remand order leaves the door open for a retrial under a narrower standard, but all in all, it was a good day for the governor and a bad day for public-corruption prosecutions. Mostly, though, it was a bad day for Americans, as eight Supreme Court Justices all but told us that we must tolerate some level of “pay to play” politics in democratic governance.
- Jun 17, 2016
Campaign Legal Center associate counsel Brendan Fischer appeared on The Big Picture to discuss a Koch-backed bill to lessen disclosure of dark money donors from the IRS.
- May 19, 2016
Some time in the next few months, the Supreme Court will have a chance to contemplate exactly what it wrought with the now-infamous 2010 Citizens United decision.
The faulty assumptions in that landmark 2010 ruling are on display in a Wisconsin case that state prosecutors asked the high court to review last month – and which provides a sobering look at deregulation in action.
- May 17, 2016
Andrew Cockburn’s analysis of the “election-industrial complex” [“Down the Tube,” Letter from Washington, April] argues, correctly, that the rise of super PACs has created a class of consultants paid handsomely to produce TV ads — often with no impact on election results. But we can’t lose sight of the many other ways in which big money influences candidates and corrupts our political system.
- May 5, 2016
Trevor Potter was the commentator and moderator at the Plutocrats United event hosted by CLC and cosponsored by ACS and UCDC law, Professor Richard L. Hasen gave a presetation on his book Plutocrats United: Campaign Money, the Supreme Court, and the Distortion of American Elections, followed by a Q&A discussion between Trevor and Rick.
- Apr 18, 2016
Campaign Legal Center deputy executive director Paul Ryan spoke at the City of San Diego Ethics Commission “Money in Politics Forum” (April 18, 2016)
- Apr 12, 2016
Christian Berg and Meredith McGehee talked about the role of money in U.S. politics, efforts to reform the campaign finance system, and the impact of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC.
- Apr 11, 2016
The 2016 presidential election is on track to becoming the most expensive campaign in U.S. history. But the the Federal Election Commission, charged with regulating how that campaign money is raised and spent, may be the least understood and most ineffective agency of them all.
On the latest DecodeDC podcast, host Jimmy Williams sits down with three people who have all been part of the FEC. They explain that from the start, the agency had a built-in partisan divide that made decision making difficult.
CLC President Trevor Potter talks about the gridlock of FEC Commissioners and how they are beholden to the party leaders that chose them. Potter also mentions the move of a partisan divide to an ideological divide between the Commissioners.
- Apr 6, 2016
Trevor Potter has been working on campaign finance issues since 1985, when he joined the staff of then-Vice President George H.W. Bush. A frequent guest on Bill Moyers’s programs, he has served as the chairman of the Federal Election Commission and advised Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), on the drafting of the last major campaign finance reform legislation, the 2002 Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act. Most famously, Potter served as Stephen Colbert’s lawyer in an elaborate sendup of super PACs that the satirist conducted during the last presidential campaign cycle.
- Apr 5, 2016
The United States Supreme Court upheld voting rights in a redistricting case that would have disenfranchised many people from voting, says Danielle Lang, senior counsel at Campaign Legal Center.