Appearances, Publications & Speeches
- 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.
The Money in Politics Disaster - Video of Trevor Potter's Remarks at the Independent Sector Annual ConferenceNov 6, 2015
"We are at a point in American history where our political process is characterized by division, disagreement and polarization. In these circumstances, it’s easy to believe that there are few, if any, political issues left on which an overwhelming number of Americans — both Republicans and Democrats — agree. In fact, this is not the case: a Bloomberg poll conducted only last month found that on one of the country’s most pressing problems, there’s unrivaled bipartisan consensus. On what issue can 80 percent of Republicans and 83 percent of Democrats find common ground? Believe it or not, the answer is money in politics!
On October 28, 2015, CLC President and General Counsel Trevor Potter delivered the following remarks at the Independent Sector Annual Conference, as part of the "Red, White, and on the Brink" plenary session. Click here to watch a recording of the address and plenary session.
Trevor Potter's Remarks at Harvard Law School: "Legal Rubble: Money and Politics in the Age of Citizens United"Nov 2, 2015
"I need to describe what I see as the four basic failures of the Citizens United decision—failures of understanding and imagination. These result in the collision of abstract legal theory with reality. This is a collision that a Court more familiar with political practices, administrative process, and the difficulties of legislating might have predicted and avoided."
On October 9, 2015, CLC President and General Counsel Trevor Potter addressed Harvard Law School students and faculty as part of a series on election law. Click here to watch a recording of the lecture and subsequent discussion.
- Oct 30, 2015
On October 28, 2015, CLC President Trevor Potter addressed Independent Sector's 2015 National Conference in Miami, Florida. His remarks - "The Money in Politics Disaster" - were delivered as part of the conference's “Red, White, and on the Brink” plenary session.
To read "The Money in Politics Disaster", click here.
- Oct 26, 2015
On October 9, 2015, CLC President and General Counsel Trevor Potter addressed Harvard Law School students and faculty as part of a lecture and discussion series on election law.
- 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?"
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.