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Rules Be Damned: Former FEC Chairman Trevor Potter Expects Lots of "Secret Money" to Flow into the 2012 Campaigns

July 14, 2011, National Journal

Excerpt taken from article.

Caplin & Drysdale attorney Trevor Potter served for four years on the Federal Election Commission, including one as chairman, and as a lawyer for the presidential campaigns of George H.W. Bush and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. But he recently achieved his greatest notice for providing on-air legal advice to Stephen Colbert in the political satirist's successful effort to start a political action committee. Edited excerpts of National Journal's interview follow.

NJ What has it been like being Stephen Colbert's attorney?

POTTER: It has definitely given me a level of visibility I have not had before. I'm always asked to characterize why he is doing this. He can speak for himself. But I was willing to spend my time doing this because there are a lot of developments in campaign finance law, starting last year at the Supreme Court with Citizens United, and at the FEC, and I think they're really important subjects for the future of democracy. And to have a popular television show talk about them is educational.  Read More


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