Appearances, Publications & Speeches
- Sep 17, 2015
On June 25, 2015, Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Jim Renacci (R-OH), John Carney (D-DE) and Lou Barletta (R-PA) introduced H.R. 2931, “Restoring Integrity to America’s Elections Act,” a bill that seeks to restructure the FEC.
- Jul 8, 2015
Speech by CLC President Trevor Potter to the Public Policy Forum of Crested Butte, July 8, 2015
- Jul 8, 2015
With Outside/In host Roger Kahn, Trevor Potter discussed his Policy Policy Forum discussion titled: "The Money In Politics Disaster: Where Do We Go From Here?"
The Rise and Fall of Mario Biaggi: Reminder of Why the Illegal Gratuities Statute Should be Revived (The Huffington Post)Jul 6, 2015
Many readers probably overlooked the recent obituary of disgraced former U.S. Rep. Mario Biaggi (D-NY). But the rise and fall of this former policeman who died at the age of 97 serves as an object lesson for aspiring politicians and makes a compelling case for resurrecting one of the most useful tools to fight political corruption--the illegal gratuities statute.
- Jun 22, 2015
At long last, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is expected to publicly declare today what has been obvious to everyone: He is a candidate for the Republican nomination for president. His announcement will bring to an end his awkward charade of simultaneously claiming he has not yet decided if he is a candidate while raising tens-of-millions of dollars to support his candidacy, employing a sizeable campaign staff, travelling to early primary states and fundraising events and giving campaign speeches and attending events here and abroad. According to press reports, as part of this operation, he or his associates set up and control his Right to Rise Super PAC, whose purpose is to support the Bush candidacy. Bush has headlined dozens of fundraisers for the Super PAC, and the pace of its fundraising was initially so brisk that the group reportedly asked donors to limit their contributions to $1,000,000. He has even already changed campaign managers for this supposedly nonexistent campaign.
Charles Fried and Trevor Potter Respond to Wall Street Journal Editorial Attacking CLC’s Work (The Wall Street Journal)Jun 16, 2015
On June 9, The Wall Street Journal editorial board criticized the work of the Campaign Legal Center in trying to ensure that the appropriate agencies enforce federal campaign finance laws. Charles Fried, former Solicitor General under Ronald Reagan and current CLC board member, and Trevor Potter, CLC President, responded with letters to the editor correcting the editorial board’s mischaracterization of CLC and mis-statement of the law.
- Jun 4, 2015
In my decade-plus as an attorney at the Campaign Legal Center (CLC), a nonpartisan legal organization, we’ve filed dozens of administrative complaints with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) against those we believed to be violating federal campaign finance laws. Even in the best of times, we’ve waited in excess of 2 years for the FEC to resolve our complaints. But things at the FEC have gotten much, much worse in recent years.
- Jun 1, 2015
Even though the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) has done much over the past seven years to bolster the integrity and credibility of the House ethics process, some members of the House have resented the office since its inception. Created after a series of scandals shamed the House, OCE is charged with determining if an allegation of an ethics violation by a House member or staffer warrants further investigation by the House Ethics Committee. OCE has an established record of fair investigations and bipartisan cooperation that have made House members wary of condemning OCE publicly. However, their surrogates and white-collar defense attorneys have attacked the office with increased vehemence. Take, for example, the most recent salvo against OCE.
The Diane Rehm Show: Paralysis At The Federal Election Commission And What Can Be Done About It with Trevor PotterMay 5, 2015
Election finance experts predict the 2016 presidential race could see a record $10 billion in campaign spending. Much of the growth in spending is coming from outside groups untethered by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. But the head of the Federal Election Commission, tasked with keeping watch over campaign finance, says the agency is in a state of extreme dysfunction. She fears the FEC won’t be able to curb 2016 abuses. Many Republicans say the concerns are exaggerated. We explore the role of the FEC and what changes – if any – are needed.