WASHINGTON, DC – Following President Trump’s nomination of James “Trey” Trainor III to serve as commissioner at the Federal Election Commission (FEC), Pillar of Law Institute President Benjamin Barr released the following statement:

“Trey Trainor is an excellent attorney who is well-versed in the complexities of campaign finance law. More importantly, he understands that the guarantees of the First Amendment precede campaign finance laws that often prohibit average Americans from engaging in the political process. With his expertise and principles, he is a fantastic choice to help lead the FEC.

“Trey knows all too well what happens when bureaucrats and prosecutors ignore free speech rights: innocent citizens get hurt. In 2015, Pillar of Law engaged Trey as co-counsel for a friend-of-the-court brief in just such a case in Texas, where innocent Texans were convicted—one even imprisoned—for a bribery based on an unconstitutional legal theory. These convictions were rightfully overturned, but we must do better. Appointing Trey to the FEC will help ensure such corrupt prosecutions do not happen in the first place.

“Trey Trainor is among the best legal minds nationally to safeguard political free speech rights. We applaud his nomination and wish him the best in his duties.”