This evening, the Campaign Legal Center officially dedicated the Ham Rove Memorial Conference Room, with an assist from comedian Stephen Colbert, in order to meet the sole condition for accepting a generous check from the Ham Rove Memorial Fund. The popular host of Comedy Central’s Colbert Report provided videotaped remarks (link below) for the occasion and personally donated a life-sized portrait of himself, which now hangs at the Legal Center.
The Ham Rove Memorial Fund was created by Mr. Colbert with money he raised though his Colbert Super PAC. Legal Center President Trevor Potter, through his private law practice, was a frequent guest on the show serving as Mr. Colbert’s attorney and explaining the intricacies of campaign finance and tax law. Mr. Potter helped to create the Colbert Super PAC, the related 501(c)(4) Colbert Super PAC SHH and ultimately the Ham Rove Memorial Fund where the hundreds of thousands of dollars from Colbert Super PAC had vanished in November 2012 without a trace, courtesy of loopholes in the IRS regulations.
“You have to admire a man who gives you his untraceable 501(c)(4) money, knowing you’ll use it in an attempt to shut down untraceable 501(c)(4) money,” Legal Center Executive Director J. Gerald Hebert, remarked at the event beneath Colbert’s portrait. “We hope to use Mr. Colbert’s generous donation to bring about much needed reforms in the campaign finance arena.”
“Stephen Colbert did an amazing job of distilling the complexities of Super PACs and 501(c)(4)s into something that the general public could instantly grasp,” Legal Center President Trevor Potter said before unveiling Colbert’s portrait at the event. “That coverage did more to educate the American public on the fallout from the Citizens United decision, secret money in campaigns, and the problems with the FEC’s and IRS’s non-enforcement of the laws, than anything else in the last election cycle,” said Potter.
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Stephen Colbert’s Ham Rove Memorial Fund Makes Generous Contribution to Campaign Legal Center Conference Room to be Named in Honor of the Late Ham Rove
Last night, Stephen Colbert announced on the Colbert Report that the Ham Rove Memorial Fund had made a grant of more than $135,000 to the Campaign Legal Center. A condition of the grant requires that the Legal Center name its conference room The Ham Rove Memorial Conference Room. The staff at the Legal Center is already referring to the room by its new name and look forward to dedicating the conference room and bringing the space into full compliance with the condition as soon as the plaque arrives.
“We vow to do our best to ensure that groups like Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow and Colbert Super PAC SHH will not be able to get away with their anonymous shell game shenanigans in future election cycles,” said Legal Center President Trevor Potter. “We are also delighted that the Ham Rove Memorial Fund made a similar contribution to our friends at the Center for Responsive Politics for the invaluable service they provide in tracking money in our political system.”
EPISODE NUMBER: 9023 (November 12, 2012) GUESTS:Ken Burns SPECIAL GUESTS: Jon Stewart | Trevor Potter | Ham Rove | Riley Dinello SEGMENTS:David Petraeus’ “All In” Affair | Colbert Super PAC SHH! – Karl Rove and Jon Stewart | Colbert Super PAC SHH! – Secret Second 501c4 – Trevor Potter | Blitzkrieg on Grinchitude – Santa’s Pipe | Sign Off – Goodbye Colbert Super PAC SUIT REPORT: Dark suit | White shirt | Blue tie with diamonds VIDEOS: Monday, November 12, 2012
EPISODE NUMBER: 8079 (April 3, 2012) GUESTS: Nikki Haley | Trevor Potter SEGMENTS: Colbert Super PAC – Super Fun Pack Not-Legal Advice & Certificate of Presidenthood | Colbert Super PAC SHH! – 501c4 Disclosure | Rick Santorum Speaks from His Heart – California Colleges SUIT REPORT: Dark suit | White shirt | Light blue tie VIDEOS:April 3, 2012
Perhaps no man has made Super PACs more well-known than comedian Stephen Colbert. And he wouldn’t be able to do that without the help of his attorney, former FEC commissioner Trevor Potter. Potter said the disclosures come too late and too slowly to help voters make decisions.
Tuesday was the day when all of the Super PACs had to report their fundraising for the current election cycle.
While a Mitt Romney-related Super PAC brought in the most money, more than $30 million, the bulk since last July, a smaller Super PAC is generating a massive amount of attention. That would be the Stephen Colbert Super PAC, Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow. Colbert Super PAC raised more than $850,000 — almost exclusively from individual donors. The Romney-related Super PAC, Restore Our Future Super PAC, generated its contributions from big donors, including 10 who gave $1 million each. Learn more about donors and how much they gave from The New York Times’ interactive graphic of Super PACs and their donors.
But for Colbert, who has regularly waded into politics over the years, his Super PAC isn’t really a way to influence voters in favor of one candidate or another. Instead, it’s a source of jokes and, perhaps, a way to educate American voters on what Colbert and many others consider to be the downright ludicrous elements of America’s campaign finance laws.