CLC Spotlight: NY Times Editorial Board Says Racist Voting Laws are a “Stain on the Idea of Democracy”Oct 5, 2016
Today’s New York Times highlights how the same laws that were central to Jim Crow are still barring nearly 6 million Americans from voting in the 2016 election.
Voters Should Ask Clinton and Trump About Their Campaign Finance Abuses (and Solutions) In Second Presidential DebateOct 7, 2016
The public deserves to know, now more than ever, why we can trust these candidates to address the outsized role of money in our political system. What, specifically, are Clinton and Trump going to do to fix the broken campaign finance system they are currently exploiting?
A ‘Muted Chorus’ of Democracy: Support for Ending Partisan Gerrymandering Peaks in Illinois Despite Quashed Ballot MeasureOct 11, 2016
A new poll shows voters overwhelmingly favor allowing an independent commission to take over the redistricting process in Illinois. Of likely voters, 72 percent support the idea, while only 18 percent are opposed.
- Oct 13, 2016
In a panel discussion at Georgetown University Law Center last night hosted by DC Attorney General Karl Racine, Catie Kelley, State & Local Reform Program Director at the Campaign Legal Center, spoke about successful campaign finance models the District of Columbia can use to strengthen civic engagement.
Tonight’s Debate is a Critical Chance for Voters to Hear Candidates’ Stance on Voting Rights and Vision for Campaign Finance ReformOct 19, 2016
Leading up to the final presidential debate, this week’s headlines in the presidential election have revolved around candidate Donald Trump’s incendiary insistence that the election is rigged against him.
- Oct 19, 2016
Today, the Campaign Legal Center filed a friend-of-the-court brief in Harris v. McCrory, urging the Supreme Court to uphold North Carolina voters’ argument that the state used an impermissible racial quota to draw the state’s first and twelfth congressional districts.
- Oct 24, 2016
More than four years after the Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21 filed a complaint, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) has finally fined former Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) $10,000 for violating the prohibition on candidates asking for donations to a super PAC in excess of $5,000.
Press Release: Donald Trump Super PAC Is Illegally Soliciting Money from a Chinese National to Influence U.S. ElectionsOct 26, 2016
CLC Files FEC Complaint After The Telegraph Documents Trump Super PAC Soliciting Contributions from Fictitious Chinese Donor
- Nov 1, 2016
One day after the Obama administration announced its decision to phase out federal private prison contracts, the private prison company GEO Group made a $100,000 donation to the pro-Donald Trump super PAC Rebuilding America Now, in violation of the longstanding ban on government contractors making political contributions.
CLC Files FEC Complaint Against Thornton Law Firm For Illegally Funneling Money to Clinton, Other Democratic Candidates and CommitteesNov 2, 2016
The Campaign Legal Center today asked the Federal Election Commission to investigate Boston-based Thornton Law Firm for reimbursing partners almost exact amounts for their political campaign contributions. This scheme allowed Thornton to funnel money to campaigns and party committees well above the legal contribution limits
- Nov 3, 2016
A combination of Supreme Court decisions and lax enforcement from the Federal Election Commission and the Internal Revenue Service has allowed groups like the Senate Leadership Fund – which is closely linked to McConnell - to use nonprofits like One Nation as a conduit for secret campaign cash.
- Nov 21, 2016
Today, a coalition of watchdog groups and congressional scholars urged House and Senate leaders from both parties to strengthen ethics rules and address known weaknesses in current rules.
- Dec 2, 2016
CLC presented new evidence to the Federal Election Commission alleging that the super PAC Make America Number 1 illegally compensated Steve Bannon’s work as Donald Trump’s campaign CEO.
Trump Can Avoid Years of Litigation by Taking 5 Simple Steps to Establish a Real, Qualified Blind TrustJan 10, 2017
Putting his assets into a qualified blind trust would be much easier for Donald Trump than subjecting himself to endless years of litigation.
- Feb 10, 2017
An agreement was reached between the state of Georgia and a coalition of civil rights organizations to help ensure that eligible Georgia voters would no longer be denied access to state voting rolls due to clerical errors.
More than 20 U.S. Senators Have Expressed Concern about Gorsuch’s Nomination, Citing Money in PoliticsApr 6, 2017
Americans deserve to know whether Judge Gorsuch will decide on campaign finance cases in a way that tilts the political system even more in the direction of large campaign donors. Americans also deserve to know whether he will protect every citizen’s right to cast an effective and meaningful vote at the ballot box.
- Apr 13, 2017
On Sunday, HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver dedicated a segment to one of the most serious threats to our democracy. Oliver’s segment on gerrymandering highlighted how partisan manipulation of district lines, or partisan gerrymandering, harms the ability of Americans to have their vote count in elections.
- Apr 24, 2017
A functioning FEC could require full disclosure of political spending and complete independence between candidates and super PACs. In addition, the FEC could ensure that government contractors are not bankrolling candidates to try to secure taxpayer-funded contracts.
New Reports from Wisconsin Confirm the Harmful and Discriminatory Impact of Strict Voter Photo ID LawsMay 24, 2017
Wisconsin legislators failed to keep their promise that “not a single voter in the state [would be] disenfranchised by the ID law.” Reporters have collected many personal stories from 2016 eligible would-be voters who struggled to meet the new requirements and therefore were turned away from the polls.
- May 24, 2017
Seventy percent of Missouri voters in last November’s general election approved the Missouri Campaign Contribution Reform Initiative, a state constitutional amendment now being challenged in district court.
- Jun 12, 2017
In order to properly regulate the state’s public utilities—and to retain the public trust—the Arizona Corporation Commission needs to ensure that its elections are transparent.
- Aug 1, 2017
Walt Shaub delivered a speech at the National Press Club which was carried live on C-SPAN about government ethics, imploring reporters to focus on ethical norms and the erosion of ethics practices that have been commonplace over decades, regardless of the party of the administration in power.
- Aug 14, 2017
While it is not unprecedented for DOJ to reconsider litigation and policy positions when administrations change, the reversals we are witnessing lately are stark – and send a chilling message to communities that have had to fight hard for equal access to our democracy.
- Aug 18, 2017
Willie G., a 37-year resident of Birmingham, Alabama, voted for the first time this Tuesday and called it a beautiful experience and an opportunity to “feel like somebody.” Willie, age 69, works as a roofer and painter, and served a 10-year sentence in the state penitentiary from 1981-1991 on nonviolent drug charges.
- Aug 23, 2017
Since public service is a public trust, the effectiveness of government employees depends on the perception that public policy is being formulated in the public interest. When senators demanded an investigation into Icahn’s company biofuels trades in May, concerns were raised about Icahn’s ability to serve as an unbiased arbiter of public policy.
- Jan 16, 2018
The public deserves to know whether President Trump is pocketing money earned in his hotels from foreign governments for many reasons. First, conflicts of interest of this magnitude create the appearance that he and his family are using his office to enrich themselves. In addition, the potential for sweetheart deals offered by foreign governments to Trump’s children could be used to influence official U.S. government policies.
- Mar 14, 2018
Last week, the Nevada Secretary of State’s office announced that the state will change their voter registration forms after CLC sent a letter informing the state that their forms may be effectively depriving people with past convictions of their right to vote by failing to provide accurate information about their eligibility. Nevada joins a growing list of states that have pledged to make similar changes to ensure that people with convictions have accurate information about their right to vote. The other states are Delaware, Arizona and Nebraska. All letters were sent the same day, January 31, and Delaware was fastest to respond, saying two days later that they “will be acting on every one of [our] recommendations” to update their forms.
- Mar 14, 2018
The FEC has long been paralyzed by partisan gridlock and is often overlooked by the White House. But by nominating commissioners who will faithfully administer the laws limiting money’s influence on politics, Trump could signal that he wants to restore integrity to our democracy and is serious about draining the swamp.