April 19, 2012
Trevor Potter corrects 5 myths about super PACs

One of the goals of this blog is to set the record straight on Citizens United and its effects and a new piece by Trevor Potter (former Commissioner and Chairman of the Federal Election Commission and Stephen Colbert’s lawyer) achieves that goal very effectively.

Trevor Potter with Stephen Colbert on the Colbert Report

Writes Potter:

The Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United allowed them. Political candidates rely on them. And Stephen Colbert parodies them. But as a former chairman of the Federal Election Commission and the lawyer behind Colbert’s super PAC — Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow — I find that most people don’t understand the role that these largely unaccountable organizations play in American politics. As the GOP primary race draws to a close, let’s take a look at some common misconceptions about groups powerful enough to evade traditional limits with a single bound.

Click here for the five myths and Potter’s explanations.

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