“Before Congress can truly meet the challenges of energy and climate change, unemployment, and financial regulation, it must address the perverse incentives that mire each and every one of its members in a perpetual race for private campaign funds.”- Tim Wirth
Americans for Campaign Reform (ACR), a bi-partisan advocate for public funding of federal elections, has announced that Lawrence M. Noble will serve as the organization’s President and CEO. Noble replaces ACR Founder John Rauh, who will continue to be actively involved with ACR and will remain Chairman of the Board.
Noble is a nationally recognized authority on campaign finance, ethics and lobbying issues. Since 2006, Noble has practiced political law at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP, advising clients on matters relating to the regulation of political activity. From 2001 to 2006, Noble served as Executive Director and General Counsel of the Center for Responsive Politics, a non-partisan research group which tracks money in politics on its highly-regarded website, www.OpenSecrets.org.
Prior to that, Noble was with the Federal Election Commission for more than twenty years, serving as General Counsel from 1987 until 2000. He has argued before the Supreme Court of the United States and testified before Congress. He is frequently interviewed by the press on campaign finance, lobbying and ethics issues and has appeared on a variety of television and radio news and public affairs programs, including ABC, CBS and NBC network nightly news, ABC’s Nightline, PBS’ The News Hour, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, Fox News Channel, National Public Radio, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal and Comedy Central’s The Daily Show.
Current ACR President Rauh is thrilled that Noble is joining the organization he founded. “Larry has over thirty years of experience fighting for meaningful campaign reform. He is exceptionally knowledgeable and extraordinarily passionate about our issue. He will be an extremely effective leader as we increase our efforts to enact public funding.” One of Noble’s first priorities as President will be to open an office in Washington, D.C. to allow ACR to have greater interaction with Congress, increase its ability to get its message to the public and facilitate coordination with other national reform groups. ACR will continue to maintain staff and an office in Concord, NH.
Noble looks forward to joining ACR and serving as a leading advocate for public funding. “I passionately believe there is a need for a fundamental change in how we finance elections and public funding has to be the foundation of that change,” he said. “I also believe that we are at a critical point in the evolution of our democracy. The very visible collapse of our campaign finance system, and what has resulted from that collapse, is causing people to feel increasingly alienated from their government and disillusioned about their ability to be heard. Left unaddressed, things will only get worse. And letting that happen is not an option.”
Noble plans to join Americans for Campaign Reform on August 27th.
Americans for Campaign Reform is chaired by former Senators Bill Bradley (D-NJ), Bob Kerrey (D-NE), Warren Rudman (R-NH), and Alan Simpson (R-WY).