FCC: Media Bureau's Response to CLC et al. Complaints Against TV Stations Regarding Sponsorship IdentificationSep 2, 2014
On September 2, 2014, the Media Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) responded to complaints filed by the Campaign Legal Center, the Sunlight Foundation and Common Cause against WJLA-TV in the Washington, DC area and KGW of Portland, OR alleging violations of the sponsorship identification requirements included in Section 317 of the Communications Act. The Media Bureau dismissed the complaints, stating the agency chose to "exercise our discretion not to pursue enforcement in this instance, given the need to balance the 'reasonable diligence' obligations of broadcasters in identifying the sponsor of an advertisement with the sensitive First Amendment interests present here."
To see the complaint, click here.
- Oct 19, 2017
On October 19, 2017, the U.S. General Services Administration denied CLC's FOIA requesting all 2017 Senior Federal Travel Reports submitted to the General Services Administration.
- Mar 16, 2018
The FEC responded to CLC's complaint by concluding that Tom Price did not use his campaign funds to promote his confirmation as Secretary of Health and Human Services.
EPA's New Memo: Review of Scott Pruitt Lease Agreement Under the Federal Ethics Regulations Regarding GiftsApr 5, 2018
CLC obtained the record for review of lease agreement under the federal ethics regulations regarding gifts. This memo outlines the basis for the conclusion reached in a March 30 memorandum about whether EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt rented a condo from a lobbyist at fair market value.
- Apr 5, 2018
On April 3, in response to CLC's lawsuit, the Department of Justice finally unredacted some of the names in this email chain. In particular, they unredacted Hans von Spakovsky’s name from the email and the name of the individual who received the email and forwarded it to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Ed Haden. Ed Haden previously served as a top staffer for Attorney General Sessions when he was a Senator. He is now a partner with Balch & Bingham LLP. CLC will continue the suit to ensure full transparency and uncover all of the names in this document so that its importance and relevance can be fully understood.
This is our letter to DOJ.