Appearances, Publications & Speeches
- Nov 3, 2014
Imagine you win a big verdict at trial. But then, when the decision is appealed, you find out the judges who will be hearing your appeal took contributions for their campaigns from your opponents in the lawsuit...
"Money Talks: Free Speech, Political Action Committees and the Future of Campaign Finance Regulation" with Trevor PotterNov 3, 2014
Campaign Finance Regulation Panelists talked about the complexities and transparency issues associated with campaign financing. They focused on outside funding of campaigns since the Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Other topics included the Federal Election Commission (FEC) appointee process.
- Oct 22, 2014
Remedial action is necessary if the U.S. Senate has any interest in becoming relevant again to our nation's political discourse...
- Oct 14, 2014
"... [A]s far back as the Radio Act of 1927 and continuing with Section 317 of the Communications Act of 1934 there has been an unvarying requirement that all matter broadcast by any station for a valuable consideration is to be announced as paid for or furnished, and by whom." -- Federal Communications Commission, Sponsorship Identification Rules, 1975
Want to know who is attempting to influence your vote?
- Oct 14, 2014
The Federal Election Campaign Act is far from a perfect system. But the reason for its deficiencies lies not in its drafting, but rather in its repeated dismemberment by the Supreme Court. The court has been as much a player in the field of campaign finance as Congress.
- Sep 19, 2014
The constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision came up short in the Senate. Such things are no easy lift. But while it failed to garner the supermajority vote, the Senate's consideration and debate provided an avenue to keep people who are appalled by the current campaign finance system energized and engaged.
California’s FPPC Provides Example for Dysfunctional Federal Agencies to Follow - Trevor Potter’s 40th Anniversary Keynote AddressSep 19, 2014
On September 17th, Trevor Potter delivered the keynote address at the 40th anniversary of California’s Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC). Potter praised the outstanding work of the FPPC and compared it to its dysfunctional federal cousin, the Federal Election Commission – also created 40 years ago in the wake of Watergate. Potter reviewed how we arrived in this Wild West era of campaign finance and suggested ways to fix it and restore the public’s faith in its elected officials.
Speech: Keynote Address at the California Fair Political Practices Commission 40th Anniversary EventSep 17, 2014
This year marks a milestone anniversary for the FPPC and California and for the nation. Forty years ago the nation experienced the end of the Watergate scandal with Richard Nixon’s resignation from the Presidency. The public outrage over the unethical and illegal conduct uncovered in the Watergate investigation resulted in the enactment of reforms at both the federal and state levels. The FPPC and its federal counterpart—the Federal Election Commission (FEC), also created in 1974—were a direct response to the nation’s recognition of the corrosive danger of large, or undisclosed, sums of money in politics...
To read the full text of the speech, click here.
- Aug 12, 2014
For many years, opponents of restrictions on the role of money in politics have held out the state of Virginia to legitimize their opposition to campaign finance reform. A state with few restrictions on money in campaigns, not much disclosure, and few ethics laws, Virginia has been heralded by reform opponents as showing what politics at the national level could look like if the federal campaign finance laws were repealed. The picture they painted was of patrician politicians above it all, incorruptible by plebian concerns of money, legislating for the Commonwealth on purely ideological grounds...
- Jun 18, 2014
It’s unfortunate that the Supreme Court makes faulty assumptions about things like independent political spending when it decides cases that fundamentally undermine our democracy and the public’s faith in it. A new report on the reality of such independent spending highlights just how far the Court has missed the mark.