A leading campaign finance lawyer has joined a national advocacy organization to focus on campaign finance litigation and Federal Election Commission (FEC) regulatory oversight.
Larry Noble, the former FEC General Counsel from 1987 to 2000, served at the agency for more than twenty years. He served as General Counsel working closely with the six Commissioners when there was a more collegial environment than in current years. In recent years he was in private practice with Skadden, Arps, Meagher & Flom LLP advising clients on matters relating to regulation of political activity. Noble had previously headed up the Center for Responsive Politics and Americans for Campaign Reform.
At the Campaign Legal Center, Noble returns to working with Trevor Potter, President of the Legal Center, who served as FEC Commissioner and Chairman, when Noble was at the FEC. The Campaign Legal Center executive director, J. Gerald Hebert, stated, "Larry brings with him the lessons learned and expertise gained over more than four decades of experience in the field of campaign finance and we look forward to bringing his skills to bear on the myriad challenges faced by the campaign finance reform movement."
Noble joins the Legal Center at a time when earlier reforms are facing growing issues in the courts, and in agencies such as the FEC, the IRS, and the FCC. In addition, the public financing program is being sidelined by presidential candidates who have opted not to participate.
In February of this year, the Campaign Legal Center was awarded a $750,000 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. MacArthur Foundation president Robert Gallucci, stated the award will help sustain and expand their reach.