Appearances, Publications & Speeches
- May 4, 2018
On May 4, 2018, the Washington Post published an op-ed by Trevor Potter, CLC President, in regards to the campaign finance implications of the NDA between President Trump and Stormy Daniels.
- May 1, 2018
On May 1, 2018, Trevor Potter delivered a speech to the Albuquerque Bar Association on the failure of the separation of powers in campaign finance law.
The Hill: The Supreme Court must step in: Both major parties are testing American democracy by gerrymanderingMar 28, 2018
Partisan gerrymandering has recently grown far more acute and brazen. This has occurred because of a new strategy to manipulate the entire state delegation, rather than just helping or hurting individual friends or foes; and computer technology advances that let officials precisely manipulate district lines to guarantee one party or another protracted dominance of the delegation, notwithstanding the popular vote. According to University of Chicago Law Professor Nick Stephanopoulos, four of the five most partisan state legislative maps in the last 45 years were drawn since 2010, as were seven of the 10 most partisan state congressional maps. Americans know it's getting worse, because it is. On Wednesday, March 28 the Supreme Court will hear – for a second time this term – a case challenging the constitutionality of egregious partisan "bulk" gerrymandering, in this case by Democrats in Maryland.
- Mar 6, 2018
The FEC has done nothing to address the tremendous and fundamental changes to our campaign system in recent years, from the rise of super PACs to new threats posed by untraceable money in online ads. The FEC has completely abdicated its responsibility to police super PACs and dark money groups like 501(c)(4)s, refusing to enforce current rules or put in place new rules to regulate their conduct.
- Feb 2, 2018
On February 2, 2018, Trevor Potter, CLC President, was interviewed by Jennifer Lawrence in regards to private interests in today's politics.
- Jan 24, 2018
Federal elections are the pillar of our national democracy, and the decennial census is the foundation for those elections and assuring that every person is counted accurately and has fair political representation. That makes the responsibility of the Census Bureau to carry out an accurate and fair census a critical charge. Everything from how we are represented in Congress to community resources for our schools, hospitals, and assistance to veterans depends on reliable and accurate census data. Unfortunately, as our country moves along a shrinking timeline for executing the 2020 census, serious legal concerns are emerging regarding how the Trump administration views Census Bureau leadership. We applaud the letter recently sent by eight leading legal advocacy organizations to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, urging him to ensure a lawful and transparent process for filling leadership vacancies at this vital agency. We echo concerns set out in the letter that the administration’s apparent approach would flout the will of Congress by disregarding federal law and circumventing the Senate’s role in providing advice and consent for a Census Bureau director.
- Nov 1, 2017
Trevor Potter, President of the Campaign Legal Center, wrote an Op-Ed for The Hill in support of the Honest Ads Act and enhanced disclosure.
- Nov 1, 2017
At a reception marking CLC's 15 years of advancing democracy President Trevor Potter delivered the following remarks.