- Dec 10, 2015
"If money from a human is routed through an LLC to hide the identity of the human, that's illegal," said Paul S. Ryan, senior counsel at the Campaign Legal Center, another watchdog that has filed multiple unanswered "straw donor" complaints.
- Dec 10, 2015
The Campaign Legal Center, along with the groups Common Cause and the Sunlight Foundation, warned nearly 20 stations in four states that they were improperly identifying “Independence USA PAC” as the sponsor of the ads, arguing that Mr. Bloomberg’s out-sized influence over the group means his name needs to be in the ads’ disclosures.
The Wall Street Journal: Super PAC Chief’s Role at Fundraiser Blurs Separation Between PAC, Cruz CampaignDec 9, 2015
Paul S. Ryan, deputy executive director at the Campaign Legal Center, said Ms. Conway’s attendance “perfectly illustrates the absurd legal fiction that super PACs are independent of candidates and therefore can’t corrupt them.”
Shutting down the case with no explanation of prosecutors’ decisionmaking would present “the worst of all possible worlds,” said Meredith McGehee, policy director of the Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan group that seeks greater disclosure of how money influences politics. On the one hand, she said, it feeds cynicism among those in the public who see politicians as operating above the law, while on the other deprives Gray of the opportunity to refute his accusers in open court as he considers a political comeback.
- Dec 9, 2015
"The whole idea of a super PAC is it's supposed to be totally independent of a campaign," said Lawrence Noble, general counsel for the Campaign Legal Center. The nonpartisan group advocates for transparency in campaign finance. "If you truly comply with the law, you have no control of a super PAC."
- Dec 7, 2015
The Campaign Legal Center, which monitors the political files and has been pushing the FCC and/or Congress to beef up on-screen political ad funding disclosures, sent a letter to Congress urging swift action on the bill, H.R. 4179, The Fair and Clear Campaign Transparent Act, or FCC Transparency Act for short, given the approaching 2016 presidential election.
- Dec 5, 2015
The upshot, says the non-partisan Campaign Legal Center’s policy director Meredith McGehee, is that donors would have “much closer proximity” to the lawmakers they want to influence.
- Dec 3, 2015
Paul S. Ryan, deputy executive director of the Campaign Legal Center, noted in an email that CREW’s criminal complaint is based on allegations that individuals lied to the government in the course of an investigation — a somewhat unusual situation that will limit how frequently the criminal route can be pursued. “The false statements came to light because of contradictory statements made to FEC investigators,” Ryan wrote.
- Dec 3, 2015
In theory, Correct the Record could coordinate with the campaign, then coordinate with the other super PACs. We don’t know if that is true, and even if it was, it’s doubtful the FEC would do anything about it. But Campaign Legal Center’s Paul Ryan has described the group’s activity as “creating new ways to undermine campaign regulation.”
- Dec 2, 2015
"Anti-labor folks might say that these unions are extorting money from their dues-paying members to use on politics, whether those members like it or not," said Paul S. Ryan, senior counsel at the Campaign Legal Center in Washington, which advocates for stricter campaign finance rules.