We aired two segments on yesterday’s show. Both had to do with SuperPACs.
Republican and Democratic SuperPACs, empowered by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, can collect unlimited contributions from individuals, corporations and unions. Trevor Potter became a celebrity when he signed on as Stephen Colbert’s lawyer and advised the satirical TV host on how to create his own SuperPAC.
James Bopp is the lawyer who first represented Citizens United in the case that ended up in the Supreme Court, which ruled that corporations and unions could give money to political committees active in election campaigns. That decision and subsequent lower court decisions have led to SuperPACs, which allow corporations, unions and individuals to make unlimited contributions, pool them together, and use the money for political campaigns.