Colbert Super PAC - Issue Ads - Trevor Potter

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Trevor Potter explains how the Colbert Super PAC can adopt Karl Rove's tactic of adopting Ben Nelson's issue ad tactic. (5:01)

WASHING THE OTHER.

WELL, FOLKS, YOU KNOW IF

KARL IS IN, SO AM I.

SO HERE TO TELL ME HOW

COLBERT SUPERPAC CAN ADOPT

KARL ROVE'S TACTICS OF

ADOPTING BEN NELSON'S TACTIC

PLEASE WELCOME FORMER HEAD

OF THE SEC, GENERAL COUNSEL

TO THE McCAIN CAMPAIGN AND

MY PERSONAL LAWYER, TREVOR

POTTER.

TREVOR, THANK YOU SO MUCH

FOR BEING HERE.

(APPLAUSE)

THESE BEN NELSON ISSUE ADS

AND THE KIND OF ADS KARL

WANTS TO RUN THEY ARE NOT

CAMPAIGN ADS, RIGHT.

THEY ARE JUST ISSUE ADS THAT

HAPPEN TO HAVE THE CANDIDATE

IN THEM, WHO IS CAMPAIGNING

FOR OFFICE.

JUST, JUST, JUST BECAUSE

BECAUSE-- SOMEONE IS IN MY

AD DOESN'T MEAN WE'RE

COORDINATING WITH THEIR

CAMPAIGN.

ANY MORE THAN IF, YOU KNOW,

JUST BECAUSE MY PE NIS IS IN

SOMEONE'S VAGINA, DOESN'T

MEAN WE'RE HAVING SEX--

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> RIGHT?

AS LONG AS AT THE END I

SCREAM "I APPROVE THIS

MESSAGE!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

RIGHT?

SO --.

>> YOU ALLOWED TO HAVE THIS

CONVERSATION ON NATIONAL

TELEVISION.

>> Stephen: ON BASIC CABLE.

SO IS ROVE GOING TO WIN

HERE?

>> HE MAY WELL NOT BECAUSE

WHAT'S HAPPENED HERE IS THE

FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION

IS DIVIDED BETWEEN TWO

CAMPS.

AND THEY MAY NOT HAVE A

MAJORITY TO APPROVE HIS

REQUEST.

>> Stephen: WHAT IF I HAVE A

CANDIDATE IN MY AD BUT IT

REALLY IS NOT COORDINATED.

LIKE I'VE KIDNAPPED HIM AND

CHLOROFORMED HIM AND HE

WAKES UP IN A VAN AND I HAND

HIM A STATEMENT, HE APP HAS

TO READ IT, IT IS AN ISSUE

HE HAS TO AGREE WITH AND I

RETURN HIM IN TIME TO HIS

FUND-RAISER FOR DESSERT.

WOULD THAT BE CONSIDERED

COORDINATION?

>> THAT CERTAINLY WOULD BE

BETTER THAN THE FACTS THAN

THE ADVISORY OPINION-- .

>> Stephen: SO YOU ARE

SIZING KARL ROVE TO KIDNAP

CANDIDATES.

I UNDERSTAND YOU MUST HAVE

SOME ETHICS OR VALUES.

IS THERE ANYTHING WE CAN DO

TO GET RID OF THOSE?

>> A LITTLE MORE MONEY,

MAYBE.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Stephen: SO YOU ARE A

LAWYER.

(LAUGHTER)

OKAY.

SO TREVOR-- OKAY, TREVOR, I

WANT KARL TO WIN.

WHAT I CAN DO?

IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN DO

TO HELP HIM.

>> WELL, YOU COULD SUBMIT A

LETTER TO THE FEDERAL

ELECTION COMMISSION URGING

THEM TO APPROVE HIS REQUEST

AND EXPLAINING WHY IT WOULD

BE A GOOD THING FOR OTHER

SUPERPACS LIKE YOURS.

>> Stephen: WHERE WOULD I

GET A LETTER LIKE THAT.

>> RIGHT HERE.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

BUT --

>> THERE YOU GO.

>> Stephen: ITS HE EVEN ON

THE COLE PERT-- COLBERT

SUPERPAC LETTERHEAD.

ARE YOU GOOD.

THIS IS A LETTER TO THE FEC

SAYING I WANT KARL TO WIN.

AND I DO JUST SIGN HERE.

>> CORRECT.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

JUST SIGN RIGHT THERE.

OKAY.

AND NOW THIS GETS SENT TO

THE FEC AND THIS IS GOING TO

BE THEN ATTACHED TO HIS

REQUEST.

>> RIGHT.

IT WOULD BE PART OF THE

PUBLIC RECORD AND WHEN

THEY'RE LOOKING AT HIS

REQUESTS, THEY WOULD BE

READING YOUR COMMENTS .

>> Stephen: SO WHEN THEY

CONSIDER HIS CASE MY

COMMENTS WILL BE PART OF

THAT CASE.

>> THAT'S TRUE.

>> Stephen: WOW.

WELL,.

>> YOU'RE WELCOME, KARL.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

NOW I CAN INCLUDE ANY VISUAL

AIDS TO GO WITH THIS,

TREVOR?

>> SURE.

>> Stephen: I CAN SO, I CAN

INCLUDE, SAY, MY IDEA OF AN

ISSUE AD INCLUDING A FEDERAL

CANDIDATE, PERHAPS SOMEONE

RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT THAT

IS REPRESENTATIVE OF THE

KIND OF ADS THAT KARL AND I

WANT TO DO.

>> YOU COULD GIVE THEM THAT

AS AN EXAMPLE.

>> Stephen: ALL RIGHT, I

THINK I WILL.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PLEASE

HELP ME IN THANKING TREVOR

POTTER!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

TREVOR, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

JIMMY, LET'S SHOW THEM THE

KIND OF AD KARL AND I ARE

TALKING ABOUT.

>> HI.

I'M PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE

BUDDY ROEMER.

GOD, I WISH I WEREN'T IN

THIS AD.

SEE, I DIDN'T PAY FOR IT.

COLBERT SUPERPAC DID AND

SUPERPACS ARE NOT SUPPOSED

TO COORDINATE WITH

CANDIDATES LIKE ME.

BUT BECAUSE THIS IS AN ISSUE

AD, ABOUT SUPERPACS NOT

COORDINATING WITH CANDIDATES,

I CAN BE IN IT, AS LONG AS I

DON'T SAY, VOTE FOR ME.

SUPERPACS CAN JUSTIFY DOING

ANYTHING THEY WANT AND THEY

HAVE A LOT OF MONEY, FOLKS.

THEY BUILT THIS FAKE SET,

WITH FAKE BOOKS.

FILLED WITH REAL MONEY.

HELL, THEY EVEN BOUGHT

COLBERT A UNICORN.

>> Stephen: ALL PERFECTLY

LEGAL.

>> I DID NOT APPROVE THIS

MESSAGE.

>> Stephen: TO NARNIA.

>> THIS MESSAGE-- APPROVED

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