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Money Talks:'s Interview With Top Campaign Finance Attorney Trevor Potter

August 3, 2011, Money Talks
Excerpt taken from article.

Attorney Trevor Potter has been a part of the campaign finance world for two decades.

During the early 1990s, he served as a commissioner on the Federal Election Commission, and was chair of the FEC in 1994. 

During the 2000 and 2008 presidential elections, Potter served as general counsel to campaign of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) -- the Republican whose name immediately brings to mind the campaign finance regulations that were crafted together with Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) and signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2002. 

Potter is also the founder and general counsel for the Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan, nonprofit group that focuses on legal issues surrounding campaigns and elections and typically supports campaign finance regulations.

Most recently, Potter, who works for D.C. legal powerhouse Caplin & Drysdale, served as comedian Stephen Colbert's lawyer in Colbert's quest to form a super PAC.

OpenSecrets Blog recently sat down with Potter, one of the nation's leading authorities on government ethics and campaign finance issues, to discuss the changing campaign finance landscape.

The wide-ranging conversation touched on 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.

Click here for the interview.

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