Campaign Legal Center President Trevor Potter was the guest on NPR’s Fresh Air yesterday and heard on more than 450 public radio stations across the country. Host Terry Gross and Potter discussed the impact of the controversial Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC, subsequent lower court rulings and the abject failure of the Federal Election Commission to enforce U.S. campaign finance laws.
The interview also focused on Potter’s representation of Stephen Colbert and his Super PAC “Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow” and Colbert’s related 501(c)(4) organization. Potter explained the political satirist’s use of these entities to make a mockery of the real-world obvious coordination between candidates and their supposedly independent Super PACs, an eventuality somehow unanticipated by the Supreme Court. Colbert’s riff on coordination is the latest chapter in his repeated skewering of the new campaign finance reality brought about by the Citizens United decision.
To listen to the half hour interview in its entirety, click here.