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Trevor Potter

Trevor Potter

President and General Counsel of the Campaign Legal Center
Trevor Potter is a lawyer, former commissioner (1991–1995) and chairman (1994) of the United States Federal Election Commission.  He is the founder, President, and General Counsel of the Campaign Legal Center. Potter served as General Counsel to the 2000 and 2008 Presidential campaigns of John McCain. He is also an attorney at Caplin & Drysdale, where he leads the firm's Political Law practice. He is also notable for appearing on the television program The Colbert Report, where he discussed political action committees, and the founding and progress of Colbert Super PAC. Potter explained to Colbert's audience the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision made by the United States Supreme Court that allowed the creation of "Super PACs", and was the lawyer behind the creation and functioning of Stephen Colbert's PAC, "Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow."

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In an interview with OpenSecrets Blog, Potter discusses the seriousness of Colbert’s super PAC, how political speech isn’t for “sissies,” and how the U.S. Supreme Court is made up of “theorists” who are “not in touch with reality” when it comes to how money is being raised and spent.

Friday, March 1, 1472

Trevor Potter discusses super PACS on Fresh Air.

Friday, March 1, 1472

Video of Trevor Potter’s appearances on The Colbert Report.

Wednesday, December 31, 1969

On the heels of the FEC's February filing deadline, the Governance Studies program at Brookings hosted a discussion exploring the role of super PACs in the broader campaign finance landscape this election season.  Anthony Corrado, a leading authority on campaign finance, and Trevor Potter, nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a former chairman of the FEC, presented.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

The limited goal of the legislation was to remove the obvious corruption of six-figure individual contributions, and corporate and labor donations (increasingly solicited by elected federal officials) to national committee coffers.

Saturday, June 23, 2012
Wednesday, December 31, 1969