Skip to Main Content
 

Trevor Potter Comments on Campaign Watchdogs Claim 2016 Hopefuls Are Skirting Finance Laws

April 3, 2015, The Sun Herald
Caplin & Drysdale's Trevor Potter commented on complaints filed with the Federal Election Commission by two watchdog groups, The Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21, against former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walkers, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley for flying to early primary states and raising millions of dollars, while denying that they are "testing the waters" of a presidential campaign. For the complete story please visit, The Sun Herald's website.  
  
Excerpt taken from the article.

Bush frequently prefaces his remarks to audiences with what he says is "the legal part of this," telling listeners that he's "seriously considering the possibility of running for president."

"All of that now allows me to talk about that possibility in a way that doesn't trigger a campaign, so thank you all very much for allowing me to be lawyered up, make sure I get that part right," Bush told a fundraiser in Des Moines, Iowa, in early March.

Trevor Potter, a former FEC chairman and president of the Campaign Legal Center, said Bush appeared to be trying a "double disconnect" to avoid triggering the federal limits.

Potter acknowledged the makeup of the Federal Election Commission – the six-member panel is ideologically split 3-3 – has hampered its ability to take action on many recent campaign finance cases.

"But just because candidates appear to be ignoring the law doesn't mean that everyone else should," Potter said. "You have to keep trying."

 

________________________________________________

About Caplin & Drysdale
Having celebrated our 50th Anniversary in 2014, Caplin & Drysdale continues to be a leading provider of tax, tax controversy, and litigation legal services to corporations, individuals, and nonprofits throughout the United States and around the world. We are also privileged to serve as legal advisors to accounting firms, financial institutions, law firms, and other professional services organizations.

The firm's reputation over the years has earned us the trust and respect of clients, industry peers, and government agencies. Moreover, clients rely on our broad knowledge of the law and our keen insights into their business concerns and personal interests. Our lawyers' strong tactical and problem-solving skills - combined with substantial experience handling a variety of complex, high stakes, matters in a boutique environment - make us one the nation's most distinctive law firms.

With offices in New York City and Washington, D.C., Caplin & Drysdale's core practice areas include:

-Bankruptcy
-Business, Investment & Transactional Tax
-Complex Litigation
-Corporate Law
-Employee Benefits
-Exempt Organizations
-International Tax
-Political Law
-Private Client
-Tax Controversies
-Tax Litigation
-White Collar Defense

For more information, please visit us at www.caplindrysdale.com.

Washington, DC Office:
One Thomas Circle, NW
Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20005
202.862.5000
        New York, NY Office:
600 Lexington Avenue
21st Floor 
New York, NY 10022
212.379.6000

___________________________

Disclaimer
This communication does not provide legal advice, nor does it create an attorney-client relationship with you or any other reader. If you require legal guidance in any specific situation, you should engage a qualified lawyer for that purpose. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

Attorney Advertising
It is possible that under the laws, rules, or regulations of certain jurisdictions, this may be construed as an advertisement or solicitation.

© 2017 Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered
All Rights Reserved.

Related Professionals

Related Practices