The Campaign Legal Center is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that works in the areas of campaign finance and elections, political communication and government ethics. The Campaign Legal Center offers nonpartisan analyses of issues and represents the public interest in administrative, legislative and legal proceedings. The Campaign Legal Center also participates in generating and shaping our nation's policy debates about money in politics, disclosure, political advertising and enforcement issues before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Federal Election Commission (FEC), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and state and local government bodies and agencies.
Campaign Legal Center attorneys track and participate in a variety of cases around the country involving campaign finance and other aspects of election law at the federal, state and local levels, including litigation both to ensure the proper implementation of the laws and to defend the laws against legal challenges.
The Campaign Legal Center also impacts policy and enforcement decisions made by the FEC. The FEC Program consistently files comments in rulemaking and advisory opinion proceedings, testifies at hearings before the Commission and files enforcement action complaints with the Commission.
Policy and Ethics
The Campaign Legal Center's policy and ethics programs focus on campaign finance reform, strengthening federal ethics rules and enforcement, and other issues regarding voting and elections. In addition, the Campaign Legal Center works to ensure that federal officials comply with the rules and standards governing ethical conduct.
The Campaign Legal Center's Media Policy Program shapes political broadcasting policy by promoting awareness and enforcement of political broadcasting laws through FCC rulemaking proceedings, Congressional action and public education. The Campaign Legal Center supports efforts to revitalize competition in our democratic process by ensuring that the public airwaves serve as a forum for open and vibrant political debate, especially among candidates, through stronger public interest obligations for digital broadcasters and efforts to make the airwaves accessible to more candidates—not just those with deep pockets or access to special interest dollars to pay for political advertising.
The Campaign Legal Center monitors and provides comments on the IRS's enforcement of restrictions on campaign intervention by Section 501(c) tax-exempt organizations and its operation of a public disclosure database for contributions and spending by Section 527 political organizations.