Mother Jones: Republican Election Commissioners Just Released Key Legal Documents—Nearly a Decade Too LateFeb 24, 2017
Larry Noble, a former FEC general counsel who now works at the Campaign Legal Center, a group that supports tighter political donation limits and more transparency in elections, says that failure to file Statements of Reasons is longstanding problem that has worsened over time. "Delaying them deprives the public of knowing what's going on or why commissioners did what they did," Noble says.
International Business Times: Stock Market Today: Private Prisons' Share Prices See Big Gains After Jeff Sessions MemoFeb 24, 2017
As a major government contractor, GEO faced a complaint from the Campaign Legal Center, an activist group, in November for allegedly breaking a Federal Election Commission law that bars businesses awarded government contracts from donating to campaigns. When reached by International Business Times at the time, a GEO spokesperson pointed out that the contribution had been made by one of GEO’s 60 subsidiaries, which was not a government contractor.
- Feb 23, 2017
Starting up a nonprofit isn’t the only way to keep donors secret: Ravel also addressed complaints that limited liability companies were created as pass-throughs for campaign contributions, obscuring the original donor. Democracy 21 and the Campaign Legal Center alleged these LLCs donated to pro-Mitt Romney and Barack Obama super PACs to evade disclosure. The FEC split along party lines on whether to open an investigation. (For more background on LLC contributions to super PACs, visit our spreadsheet here.)
- Feb 23, 2017
Arizona has been on the cutting edge of the school choice movement, with a robust scholarship tax credit program and the nation’s first education savings accounts. Since the recession, Arizona has made the deepest cuts to higher education, on a percentage basis, of any state in the country. Last year, Ducey signed a bill largely taking the state out of the business of regulating anonymous campaign contributions from nonprofit groups. “We’re concerned that will become the model of how to enshrine dark money, in terms of lack of disclosure,” says Catie Kelley, an attorney at the Campaign Legal Center in Washington.
- Feb 22, 2017
Brendan Fischer, associate counsel for the Campaign Legal Center, said the demand for an IG probe “strikes me as a stretch since the underlying regulations are aimed at prohibiting the use of official resources for some sort of private benefit, financial or other.” The examples in the rule include an “official having a secretary type personal correspondence that has nothing to do with official business,” he noted.
- Feb 21, 2017
“He’s just generally opposed to government regulation,” said Larry Noble, who served as general counsel of the FEC for 13 years. Given McGahn’s distaste for rules, Noble said, it’s hard to see him embracing the part of the job that involves teaching the president and the White House staff about ethics. “I think he brings to the White House a philosophy that these rules are unimportant,” Noble said.
- Feb 20, 2017
David Kolker, legal counsel with the Campaign Legal Center, said if he follows tradition, Trump will allow Democrats on Capitol Hill to suggest a replacement, whom he would rubber-stamp.
- Feb 19, 2017
Trump “could turn an FEC which deadlocks on policy and enforcement to one which tries to aggressively dismantle the law or becomes partisan and focus enforcement on Democrats,” Larry Noble, a former general counsel at the FEC and now general counsel of the Campaign Legal Center, a group that favors tougher restrictions on money in politics, said in an e-mail.
Los Angeles Times: Trump said he would isolate his family businesses, but they have already seeped into the White HouseFeb 17, 2017
“I have a sense that what he was doing with Abe was showing off,” said Larry Noble, general counsel to the Campaign Legal Center, a nonprofit government reform group. “I can’t imagine he doesn’t have private rooms and can’t have a private dinner. Why would you take the prime minister of Japan to a [club] dining room? Who are you trying to impress?”
- Feb 16, 2017
Supporters of stronger campaign finance rules have weighed in with a friend of the court brief announced Feb. 13, which urged the Supreme Court to continue upholding restrictions on political party funding. In the filing, three nonprofit organizations supporting strong rules, Democracy 21, Public Citizen and the Campaign Legal Center, urged the Supreme Court to uphold the constitutionality of BCRA’s contribution limits to state and local parties used for federal electioneering purposes. Before BCRA’s enactment, state parties could use unlimited soft money contributions to pay for various activities benefiting federal candidates, the brief said. It said that allowed large donors, including corporations, to contribute to state parties in order to buy influence over federal officeholders.