The Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan organization based in Washington, D.C., is home to the nation’s premier election law experts. We are lawyers for our democracy, fighting for your fundamental right to participate in the political process.
Our mission: Through litigation, policy analysis and public education, CLC works as a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization to protect and strengthen the U.S. democratic process across all levels of government.
Our vision: CLC seeks a future in which the American political process is accessible to all citizens, resulting in representative, responsive and accountable government.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) was founded in 2002 with a generous initial grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts. CLC began with a small staff and a focused mission: to advance the goals of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA, also known as McCain/Feingold), which was a comprehensive campaign finance reform bill that took five years for Congress to pass.
The law was challenged almostimmediately after its passage in the landmark case McConnell v. FEC. CLC was part of a legal team that successfully defended BCRA before the U.S. Supreme Court. In its early days, CLC also played a lead role in watchdogging the Federal Election Commission (FEC) as it implemented and enforced BCRA.
Over the last several years, the U.S. Supreme Court has issued a series of decisions, including Citizens United v. FEC and Shelby County v. Holder, that have undermined our democracy in the areas of money in politics and voting rights. The FEC has deadlocked on every important issue before it, proving incapable of enforcing the law, while the current administration takes positions threatening ethicsnormsandvotingrights. Transparency in our government is under attack.
In the face of these challenges, the CLC team has grown to more than 35 people, working every day to protect and strengthen democracy across all levels of government. Most recently, CLC argued Gill v. Whitford, the groundbreaking Supreme Court case seeking to end extreme partisan gerrymandering. In addition, CLC plays a leading watchdog role on ethics issues, providing expert analysis and helping journalists uncover ethical violations. We continue to participate in legal proceedings across the country to defend the right to vote.
CLC is adamantly nonpartisan, holding candidates and government officials accountable regardless of political affiliation. We will continue in the fight for democracy reform until the United States’ political process is accessible to all citizens, resulting in a representative, responsive and accountable government.
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