- Jan 9, 2018
“Clearly, the courts have realized that they do need to step in and police extreme partisan gerrymanders, and the court recognized that North Carolina’s gerrymander was one of the most extreme in history,” said Ruth Greenwood, senior legal counsel at the Campaign Legal Center and a lawyer representing some of the map’s challengers.
- Jan 8, 2018
“The fact that advertisers can micro-target viewers means that certain ads may never be seen by the broader public and that raises a number of problems,” said Brendan Fischer, an associate counsel at the Washington-based Campaign Legal Center, a nonprofit watchdog. “The lack of transparency makes it harder to track the contours of any influence campaign and it also makes it harder to hold candidates and their supporters accountable for statements made, because they are essentially being made in secret.”
- Jan 3, 2018
Former OGE head Walter Shaub, now at Campaign Legal Center, which seeks stricter laws governing money in politics, said that most responsible way to classify bitcoin would be as an asset, like gold bars held for investment. That would mean filers would have to disclose holdings of more than $1000, or income from the asset of more than $200. A second option would be to treat bitcoin like a "cash account" which must be reported if it holds more than $5000.
International Business Times: Congressman Took Job With Business Group While Writing Tax Bill that Benefits its MembersJan 3, 2018
“At a minimum, it is fair to say that Members are supposed to be mindful of the appearance of a conflict of interest when it comes to issues that can affect their future employer's interests,” Brendan Fischer, director of the Federal and FEC Reform Program at the Campaign Legal Center, told IBT.
- Dec 30, 2017
“The president is now entering a world of public service,” Walter Shaub, former director of the Office of Government Ethics, said. “He's going to be asking his own appointees to make sacrifices. He's going to be asking our men and women in uniform to risk their lives in conflicts around the world. So no, I don't think divestiture is too high a price to pay to be the president of the United States of America.”
- Dec 27, 2017
Other campaign finance reform groups have taken notice of the issue. According to Brendan Fischer, director of federal and FEC reform at the non-partisan campaign finance watchdog group Campaign Legal Center, the influx of dark money could influence legal decisions made by the elected judges without the public knowing a conflict even exists.
- Dec 23, 2017
Danielle Lang, senior legal counsel at the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center, which focuses on election law, said the ruling set a good standard heading into the new year.
“At the very minimum, if the commission is going to offer the fig leaf of bipartisanship, they should be allowing members of the group to receive any and all the information they want,” she said
- Dec 22, 2017
“For the commander in chief to give a political token with a campaign slogan on it to military officers would violate the important principle of separating the military from politics, as well as diminishing the tradition of the coin,” said Trevor Potter, a Republican former chairman of the Federal Election Commission.
- Dec 21, 2017
“Lawmakers are not supposed to vote on something that specifically affects their financial interest,” Larry Noble, general counsel at the non-partisan Campaign Legal Center, told IBT. “But the ethics committees have said that that doesn’t apply if what you’re voting on is a law that affects a broad number of people or a group.”
- Dec 21, 2017
Trevor Potter, a former Republican commissioner on the Federal Elections Commission who is the founder and president of the Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan campaign-finance-law watchdog group, said that Turning Point is barred from aiding political campaigns. “Under the law, a 501(c)3 can’t engage in political action or give anything of value to a campaign, including students, or the names of students,” he said. “If what Turning Point USA was doing was helping Republicans on campus and feeding them to campaigns, that’s a political operation, and it sounds as if it crosses the line.”