Appearances, Publications & Speeches
- May 11, 2017
On May 11, 2017, Trevor Potter delivered a speech at Lake Forest College in Illinois on money in politics issues surrounding the past election and Trump administration.
- May 4, 2017
Today President Trump signed an executive order addressing political spending by religious organizations. The order was not as broad as predicted. Instead of easing restrictions on political spending, it allows the IRS to continue to enforce the current restrictions, but prohibits those restrictions from being expanded.
Still, a potential repeal of this law is on the table, as Congress also took the issue up this morning.
For 63 years, Congress has barred entities organized under Section 501(c)(3) of the tax code — which includes the entire charitable sector, as well as churches, mosques, and synagogues — from engaging in partisan political activities.
Money, Politics, and the Crippling of the FEC: A symposium on the Federal Election Commission's arguable inability to effectively regulate money in American elections.Apr 3, 2017
On March 23, 2017, CLC President Trevor Potter delivered this speech at a symposium held at the Washington College of Law at American University and the Administrative Law Review. Read excerpts and the full speech below.
- Jan 11, 2017
There is a good reason that the Justice Department has always taken the position that presidents should abide by the provisions of the Ethics in Government Act, even though they are exempted from it for constitutional reasons: Doing that saves the president and his administration a lot of potential troubles.
- Dec 20, 2016
"By definition, it's a conflict of interest," says Trevor Potter, a former chairman of the Federal Election Commission and current president of the Campaign Legal Center, a government ethics watchdog group.
How President Trump could use the White House to enrich himself and his family (The Washington Post)Nov 18, 2016
For the past 40 years, every president has placed his personal investments and assets in a blind trust while in the White House, or has sold everything and held cash equivalents. President-elect Donald Trump has made it clear that he does not plan to set up such a trust, which would require that his company be run by an outsider who has had no previous business relationship with Trump, and that there be virtually no communication between the outside trustee and Trump or his family during his administration.
- Nov 7, 2016
Anyone looking at the 2016 presidential election can see American democracy is in trouble.
The public is feeling the direct impact of a broken campaign finance system. As many as 80 percent of voters believe the federal government – and the entire U.S. political system – is out of touch with the average citizens it is meant to represent.
Given the challenges at the federal level, the momentum for democracy reform is now in the states, from the grassroots level. Democracy reformers are taking steps to adopt new policies and proposals that would counter the corrupting power of money in state and local governments.
- Nov 1, 2016
On November 1, 2016, CLC President Trevor Potter delivered this speech at the College of Charleston's Annual Political Science Convocation regarding the issues of big money in politics.
- Jul 5, 2016
Photo by Sarah Holm/The Chautauquan Daily
On July 4th, 2016, CLC President Trevor Potter delivered this speech at The Chautauqua Institution, a non-profit organization. It is a historic lakeside community dedicated to the exploration of the best in human values and the enrichment of life.
- 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.