Stephen Colbert’s former lawyer Trevor Potter wrote a piece for The Washington Post this week to mark the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court Citizens United decision, and it’s a great look back at the brilliance and lasting influence of Stephen Colbert’s super PAC “Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow.” Potter appeared on The Colbert Report several times during the Colbert Super PAC saga and was tasked with drafting up all legal documents and assisting Colbert in the purely legal financial venture, and in the Washington Post article he outlines some his most notable lessons learned from the whole process. Here’s an excerpt:
When the Colbert Super PAC closed down, I told Stephen that he would make a brilliant Supreme Court advocate, because he can absorb complicated facts and make them seem straightforward and understandable. Colbert went one step further — he got them down to a five-minute summary, and made them funny as well. We can only hope that someone half as skilled can get the Supreme Court to understand had badly wrong the post-Citizens United political system has gone.
Read the rest over at The Washington Post.