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Campaign Legal Center

Campaign Legal Center works to protect and strengthen the U.S. democratic process across all levels of government through litigation, policy analysis and public education.

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Trevor Potter
Trevor Potter is the founder and President of Campaign Legal Center. He is a former Chairman of the Federal Election Commission, and was General Counsel to John McCain’s 2000 and 2008 presidential campaigns, and an adviser to the drafters of the McCain-Feingold law. The American Bar Association described Potter as “hands-down one of the top lawyers in the country on the delicate intersection of politics, law and money.” A Republican, he was appointed to the FEC in 1991 by President G.H.W. Bush.
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The impact of your support

Campaign Legal Center is working to expand the voting franchise through impact litigation to defend against voter suppression and a nationwide, state-based effort to reduce disenfranchisement caused by involvement in the criminal justice system. We are committed to restoring integrity to our civic institutions from the ground up, leveraging our legal expertise and this unprecedented moment of public interest to enact transformative new laws.

With your support, we can:

  • Remove barriers to voting and voter registration through litigation and advocacy efforts;
  • Protect minority access to the ballot through litigation;
  • Double the number of Americans using ranked choice voting in local and state elections; and
  • Expand access to the right to vote for people with convictions through public education and targeted voter education campaigns, administrative advocacy and litigation.

Why this work is important

American democracy is at an inflection point. For the first time in generations, the general public is aware that the political system is malfunctioning and is clamoring for democratic reforms to make our government more responsive to all Americans. The universal right to vote is in more danger today in the United States than at any time since 1965. In the 2016 election alone, 16 million Americans encountered a problem voting — such as long lines, inaccessible polling places, strict ID requirements or voter registration issues. Partisan gerrymandering and racial vote dilution have rigged our democratic system, allowing a minority of voters and reigning political parties to hold power at the local, state and federal levels due to manipulated maps. The result has been democratic dysfunction, mistrust in government and elected officials, and public policies that ignore the people’s will. The census and next round of redistricting make the timing of our efforts critical.

Our track record

CLC was founded in 2002 with a generous grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts and is a recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. CLC conducted a wide range of emergency voting rights protection litigation during the 2018 midterm elections. We also engaged in long-term outreach around felony disenfranchisement in several states, educating more than 4,500 people with past convictions of their rights, many of whom registered to vote for the first time before the 2018 election. In August 2018, CLC launched an online toolkit to help up to 17 million citizens with past felony convictions understand their voting rights in all 50 states. We have also focused on redistricting reform through litigating the groundbreaking partisan gerrymandering case, Gill v Whitford, the first purely partisan gerrymandering case to win at trial and be litigated before the Supreme Court in 30 years.

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