- Feb 14, 2018
“There’s a general lack of transparency here,” Brendan Fischer of the Campaign Legal Center told TPM. “When you have these ongoing accusations of fake news and attacks on the legitimate news media, and then partisan candidates creating what are actually fake news sites to help muddy the waters and push their message, it helps weaken trust in journalism and the media as an institution.”
The Washington Post: Opinion - Trump’s lawyer just made the Stormy Daniels affair much more interestingFeb 14, 2018
“Reading between the lines,” Noti said, Cohen’s statement “strongly suggests that he fronted the money for the payment and was reimbursed by some entity or person that was not the Trump Organization or the Trump campaign.”
- Feb 14, 2018"It's not usual for an attorney representing someone to pay out of his own pocket," Noble said. Noble, along with Sunlight Foundation executive director John Wonderlich and University of California, Irvine, law professor Rick Hasen, noted in separate interviews that the statement was carefully worded and left open the possibility that Trump had personally reimbursed Cohen or the source of the funding was a third party.
The Washington Post: We know that Stormy Daniels got paid. We still don’t know if the payment violated the law.Feb 14, 2018
There’s a lot of nuance in that statement and in the broader situation. We spoke with Lawrence Noble, senior director and general counsel at the Campaign Legal Center, by phone to walk through where the legal boundaries are — and if Cohen’s assessment that this was not a campaign expenditure is defensible.
- Feb 14, 2018
Common Cause is not the only group that thinks the payment could have been a violation. Brendan Fischer, the Federal & FEC Reform Program Director at the Campaign Legal Center, had a similar opinion. “The fact that this came one month before the election means there is strong evidence that this was a payment made in connection with the Trump campaign and therefore was an in kind contribution to the Trump campaign and would have exceeded the $2,700 contribution limit and was never reported by the Trump campaign as a contribution,” Fischer told TIME.
- Feb 13, 2018
After completing a study on how political campaigns operate on digital media such as Facebook, Dr. Young Mie Kim, Professor at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, will spend the next six months in Washington, D.C., bringing her expertise for campaign policymaking and conducting evidence-based research for policy suggestions in collaboration with the Campaign Legal Center.
- Feb 13, 2018
“It’s entirely possible that because disclaimers haven’t been included for years now, candidates and committees just aren’t used to putting them on there,” said Brendan Fischer, director of the Federal and FEC Reform Program at the Campaign Legal Center, the group that provided legal services to Take Back Action Fund. “But they should be on notice,” he added.
- Feb 12, 2018
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/arizona/articles/2018-02-10/groups-see-lack-of-clarity-on-felons-voting-rights-in-stateThe Campaign Legal Center found that the automatic process wasn't clear on forms, which misleadingly implied that first-time felons had to go through a process that by law only applies to people with more than one felony conviction, the Arizona Capitol Times reported Wednesday. In a letter to Secretary of State Michele Reagan, the advocacy group noted the state's website also did not provide any information about automatic restoration for first-time felons. "The inaccurate or misleading information on these forms assuredly leads many citizens of Arizona not to exercise their constitutionally protected right to vote," the group told Reagan. The group is looking at other states' voter registration forms to ensure they display adequate information, said Danielle Lang, an attorney with the center.
The Intercept: GOP Law enforcement chiefs invited donors to help set policy via secret bulletin boardFeb 12, 2018
“It looks like a clear effort on the part of these attorneys general’s offices to evade their transparency requirements under open records laws by keeping documents on this website,” said Brendan Fischer, a lawyer at the Campaign Legal Center in Washington, D.C. “They have the ability to access these records, the records are connected to their official duties, and they’re just refusing to turn them over.”
The Daily Beast: Donald Trump’s Inaugural Committee Still Won’t Say What It’s Doing With Its Leftover MoneyFeb 12, 2018
“Tom Barrack said the inaugural committee would disclose charitable contributions in Fall,” Fischer added, “then pushed the deadline back to November, and now here we are in February and the public still has no idea how the inaugural committee spent $107 million.”