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Six Degrees – February Catch Up

Six Degrees of Stephen Colbert Welcome to the ‘Six Degrees Catch Up Edition’ featuring all the latest happenings and goings on in the world of ‘Daily Show’ and ‘Colbert Report’ staff and ‘Friends of the Show’.

In this month’s catch up we have new music from Bryan Dinello, interviews with Jon Stewart, Elliott Kalan, Jessica Williams, Lewis Black, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Steve Carell, humour pieces from Amy and David Sedaris, and John Oliver’s new HBO series gets a premiere date.

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Members of the Yale community welcomed Stephen Colbert to the Law School on Friday where he and his lawyer, Trevor Potter, presented a special Dean’s Lecture on the Colbert Super PAC and the legal challenges they faced in setting it up.

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Six Degrees - August Catch Up

Welcome to the ‘Six Degrees Catch Up Edition’ featuring all the latest happenings and goings on in the world of ‘Daily Show’ and ‘Colbert Report’ staff and ‘Friends of the Show’.

In this month’s catch up we have life advice from Lewis Black, Aasif Mandvi and Larry Wilmore have new shows in the pipeline, John Oliver and fellow Daily Show writers tour the Middle East for the USO, as well as interviews with Opus Moreschi, John Oliver, Larry Wilmore and Amy Sedaris, and a first look at Steve Carell in ‘Foxcatcher’.

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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

What else does Santorum have up his ass? Maybe his last name. I can’t understand how he is still in the race. It really should’ve been wrapped up by now, but at least it provides some good material for Stephen and Jon and their writers.First he claims that if you are going to college, you are a snob, now he’s picking on colleges for not teaching history? Rick, it’s time to take a nap.

The Best Quotes:

"With a greeting like that, you would make me drunk with power, if I weren’t already high on life."

The Colbology:

"I Stephen Colbert apologize to any of my transgender bovine viewers that may have been offended"

"Let’s not pigeonhole, or care what pigeons do with their holes, please no letters."

The Super PAC SHH:

"You will receive this official certificate of Presidenthood, personally signed by me and my political advisor, Ham Rove, It could be the most valuable certificate you’ll receive in college"

"I want to talk about my even more secretive super PAC, Colbert Super PAC SHH, so named because it can raise shhhh*tloads of money"

"Now critics say groups like mine are unregistered money guns shooting up the election with untraceable slush funds, to which I say, UH-HUH"

"Just this Friday a district court judge said that all 501c4’s have to disclose their donors. WHY? Sperm banks don’t. Some do? Oh I have a ton of phone calls to make."

"You’re going to jail and they’re going to eat you alive. Probably with some brown sugar and mustard."

The Five things that Trevor Potter will say on The “Trevor, may I” button:

"I was hoping you wouldn’t ask that because the answer is yes."

"I’m not entirely certain that is legal, but it would make for a good appeals process."

"If I were your lawyer, I’d advise against it, but I’m a button, so go nuts!"

"Well, everything’s legal somewhere"

"Everytime you press this button, I’m billing you $200"

Rick Santorum comments on CA colleges:

"It is so adorable how DC tries to vote just like the real states"

"Tonight it is make or break for Santorum. Not that Rick would ever consider quitting, because God doesn’t approve of pulling out"

"What do you know, at UC Davis, you get an F if you’re not gay"

"Well I certainly hope that when Rick Santorum moves on to the CA primary he does not get an intestinal blockage, because I don’t think the doctors in CA are as qualified as he is to pull things out of his ass"

Nikki Haley-SC-Palmetto-off:

South Carolina state snack: boiled peanuts, point Haley

South Caroline state drink: Milk, point Haley

South Carolina state bird: Carolina Red, point Haley

amphibian: Spotted salamander, point Stephen


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"we’ll edit this part out"

SuperPACs have led to what was described in the New York Times yesterday as a new breed of super-donor. About two-dozen individuals, couples or corporations have given a million dollars or more this year to Republican superPACs that have poured that money directly into this year’s presidential campaign.

SuperPACs, both Republican and Democratic, are empowered by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision and other rulings to collect unlimited contributions from individuals, corporations and unions. We’re going to talk about this new post-Citizens United world of campaign financing.

Our first guest is Trevor Potter, who has become something of a celebrity since he became Stephen Colbert’s lawyer and advised Colbert on how to create his own superPAC. Potter is the founding president of the Campaign Legal Center and helped defend the 2002 McCain-Feingold law, which enacted campaign finance restrictions.

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Stephen Colbert's Lawyer Trevor Potter 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.

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THis Week in the Hub, The Huffington Post asks ‘Could Stephen Colbert be the next Pope?’, Herman Cain praises Stephen Colbert in his Tea Party State Of The Union response, Trevor Potter feels the ‘Colbert Bump’ and a Company DVD release is announced.

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Stephen Colbert's Lawyer Trevor Potter Washington Lawyer Born in Chicago is Tasting True Celebrity, Thanks to Colbert Bump.

A native of Chicago, Trevor Potter is a buttoned-down Washington lawyer who has advised Republican presidential candidates from George H.W. Bushto John McCain.

But Potter, 56, is now tasting real celebrity by trading banter — and giving legal advice — to comedians Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart, all while injecting humor into the GOP nominating process.


Potter said he was at a reception at the National Gallery of Art when a gray-haired man studying him asked, “Excuse me, aren’t you Stephen Colbert’s lawyer?”

"It’s not what I’m used to in Washington," Potter said, chuckling.

Potter said Colbert met him through an attorney who had appeared on the program. “There is that cool factor to it, which is all a big surprise to me,” said Potter, now a presence on YouTube. “I did not appreciate the level of following (Colbert) has and the intensity until I got in it.”

Potter, with the Caplin & Drysdale law firm, said he has landed in “a funny double role” since he’s working as Colbert’s attorney and frequently guesting on his show to explain campaign-finance law.

The comedian’s genius, Potter said, is translating “what is inherently a complicated legal issue into a four- or five-minute description that causes even seasoned professionals to say, ‘Oh, now I get it.’”

Washington attorney Jan Baran, who has known Potter for years, noted that most lawyers have lower profiles. “How often,” Baran mused, “does a lawyer get to have some celebrity status that doesn’t involve a criminal client?”

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In our July issue—on stands now—we told you about Washington lawyer Trevor Potter, who has been shepherding Comedy Central star Stephen Colbert through the process of forming a super PAC. Check out our piece below on how Potter, a longtime counsel to clients such as Sen. John McCain, became Colbert’s lawyer.

Potter has earned those legal fees. As of Thursday, he, along with the help of Matthew Sanderson, an associate at his law firm, achieved success when the Federal Election Commission approved Colbert’s Super PAC. For the second time, Colbert visited the FEC, bringing throngs of screaming fans and reporters to the typically quiet agency.

During remarks to the crowd, Colbert thanked his legal team: “We owe a debt to my lawyers Trevor Potter and Matt Sanderson of the heroic law firm Caplin & Drysdale. Two names that will go down with the great American duos—Lewis and Clark, Sacco and Vanzetti, Harold and Kumar.”

It’s a safe bet that two DC lawyers have never before been compared to Harold and Kumar.


What do Republican senator John McCain and Comedy Central’s faux pundit Stephen Colbert have in common? Their lawyer, Trevor Potter.

Fans of The Colbert Report have seen Potter—head of Caplin & Drysdale’s political-law practice and a lawyer in its Washington office—make four appearances on the show as he counsels Colbert on how to set up his super PAC, a new type of political-fundraising apparatus that can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money.

Though the legal work is playing out before a TV audience and, in usual Colbert fashion, is meant to highlight the absurdities of campaign-finance rules, it’s not just entertainment. Colbert is a real client; Potter says he got the legal work the same way lawyers get much of their work—by referral. When Colbert decided to tackle federal-election-law issues, the show asked a New York attorney and former guest for recommendations. The attorney suggested Potter.

After conversations with Colbert and the program’s producers, Potter was invited on. Though he admits he doesn’t usually stay up late enough to watch the show, he had seen a few episodes. At the end of the taping, Colbert asked him to be his lawyer. “I essentially had the interview with the client on the air,” says Potter, whose prior TV experience was limited mostly to PBS and C-SPAN.

Potter is one of the nation’s top election-and-campaign-law experts, and he served as a commissioner and chair of the Federal Election Commission during the George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations. So he was on familiar territory when he went with Colbert on a trip to the FEC to file paperwork for the Colbert Super PAC. The hundreds of waiting fans and reporters weren’t so typical. Potter notes that “five minutes of legal work” on The Colbert Report has become the most noticed thing he’s ever done.

Aside from the fact that one is a TV star and the other a DC lawyer, Colbert and Potter make an unusual duo for another reason. Colbert plays a staunchly conservative commentator on his show, but it’s an act meant to poke fun at the right. Potter, on the other hand, is a Republican and was general counsel to McCain’s 2000 and 2008 presidential campaigns.

But Potter says he and Colbert don’t talk personal politics. He says the comic is a good client and “has the mind” to be a good lawyer himself.

This article appears in the July 2011 issue of The Washingtonian.

Source: The Washingtonian.