Our Work

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The Campaign Legal Center is committed to protecting our democratic system. A healthy democracy requires an engaged citizenry and functioning civic processes that allow citizens’ voices to be heard and that ensure public officials can be held accountable. We employ a variety of strategies to protect and improve the democratic process—litigating in courts to defend pro-democracy policies and challenge anti-democracy policies, participating in regulatory agency proceedings to interpret and enforce the law, and drafting pro-democracy laws and policies and advocating their adoption. We engage in this work at every level of government—municipal, county, state and federal.

  • Litigation

    The Campaign Legal Center participates in a variety of trial and appellate court cases around the country involving campaign finance, voting rights and other aspects of election and ethics law at the federal, state and local levels.

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  • Policy Issues

    In addition to our work in the courts, the Campaign Legal Center participates in generating and shaping our nation's policy debates about money in politics, disclosure, political advertising, and ethics rules and enforcement for public officials. CLC is often called upon for advice and expertise on matters related to our issue areas.  CLC is a nonpartisan organization and does not engage in election-related activity.

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  • State & Local Reform Program

    The Campaign Legal Center’s State & Local Program is designed to aid stakeholders at the state and municipal levels as they push for effective democracy reforms in their communities. The State & Local Program can help with the entire life cycle: from policy development, to legislative drafting, participating in the administrative process to push for effective administration and enforcement. In concert with CLC’s litigation team, the State & Local Program can help advocates design laws that will be on solid ground if challenged in court.

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    Recent Cases

  • CLC v. ICE

    Apr 10, 2018

    This case seeks to compel U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to disclose operating agreements related to its Northwest Detention Facility in Tacoma, Washington, which may show that the subsidiary of a private prison company has a direct relationship with a federal contract—contradicting public denials from its leadership and raising further questions about the legality of its political contributions. 

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  • Montanans for Community Development v. Mangan

    Apr 6, 2018

    Montanans for Community Development (“MCD”) v. Mangan is a challenge to Montana’s disclosure laws, which serve to protect voters’ ability to know who is behind the election advertising they see, read, or hear. The laws at issue require political groups that spend money to influence Montana voters to disclose basic information about their finances so that voters are able to evaluate the electoral messages they receive.

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  • Abbott v. Perez

    Apr 4, 2018

    The state of Texas should not be able to insulate themselves from judicial review for unlawful redistricting simply by cloaking themselves under the cover of a temporary court ruling that was expressly confined and declared subject to change. Rather, when a state engages in unlawful redistricting, the state should be liable when it reaffirms that unlawful decision by reenacting the same unlawful districts without change.  

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  • Campaign Legal Center v. Federal Election Commission (GEO)

    Apr 2, 2018

    CLC v. FEC (GEO) is a case about the FEC’s delay in enforcing federal campaign finance law against GEO Group, one of America’s largest private prison companies, which illegally made $225,000 in contributions to a super PAC supporting then-candidate Donald Trump in 2016.

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