The Washington Post: The CEO of the Trump 2016 data firm was recorded pitching illegal overseas campaign tacticsMar 19, 2018
Cambridge was apparently created in part to address concerns about foreign companies being involved in American elections, but, according to the Campaign Legal Center’s Lawrence Noble, it is legal for a campaign to hire a consulting firm with foreign employees to bolster its campaign efforts.
- Mar 19, 2018
Paul Smith, vice president of litigation and strategy at the Campaign Legal Center, who will argue the case before the Supreme Court opposing the Republican-drawn plan said, "Partisan gerrymandering of this kind is worse now than at any time in recent memory. The Supreme Court has the opportunity to ensure the maps in Wisconsin are drawn fairly, and further, has the opportunity to create ground rules that safeguard every citizen's right to freely choose their representatives."
- Mar 17, 2018
“Tax returns give voters important information about a candidate's potential conflicts of interest and, if elected, whether they would personally benefit from the policies they promote,” said Brendan Fischer, a director with the federal Campaign Legal Center.
He told the Post-Gazette it is “incredibly unfortunate” that Trump broke with decades of tradition in refusing to release his tax returns.
“It would be even more unfortunate,” Fischer said, “if President Trump's disregard for well-established norms of ethics and transparency were replicated at the state level.”
- Mar 15, 2018
Farah did not provide the date of the sale or any supporting documentation in response to multiple follow-up questions. The statement “suggests he may not have sold his business yet,” said Larry Noble, general counsel for the Campaign Legal Center. “He should be able to show proof that he divested himself from the business. … A carefully worded statement by a press secretary about what he will do in the future does not resolve any of the issues.’’
- Mar 15, 2018
But the fact that Trump is making money from business deals with Kushner might make him less likely to remove Kushner — essentially putting Trump’s personal financial interests before the interests of the country.
“If Trump wasn’t doing business with Kushner’s business, would he still be in the job?” Lawrence Noble, the general counsel of the Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan watchdog group, asks.
- Mar 14, 2018The former head of the Office of Government Ethics, Walter Shaub, told CNN that, during his time in office, he made "very specific recommendations" the President stop visiting properties owned by his company and announce White House officials would not visit those properties."You see him holding financial interests -- that leaves us unable to know whether decisions are motivated by policy aims or by personal financial interests," Shaub said.At the time, the White House said Shaub did not raise the issues when he was in office.
The Washington Post: Despite pledge to ‘drain the swamp,’ Trump has shown little interest in beefing up the Federal Election CommissionMar 14, 2018
Trevor Potter, former Republican FEC commissioner and founder of campaign-finance advocacy group Campaign Legal Center, said he hopes things will change under Trump this year.
“I am hopeful that he will turn to those issues in the second year of his term, now that he has dealt with tax cuts and health care and substantive legislative issues in the first year,” Potter said.
- Mar 14, 2018
"You can't go wrong betting on FEC inaction," said Adav Noti, a former FEC lawyer who now oversees litigation for the Campaign Legal Center, another nonpartisan ethics watchdog. "But this situation is significantly unusual that I don't think anyone can say with certainty that it will deadlock."
But a second complaint that Common Cause filed with the Justice Department could result in a criminal prosecution if people involved in Trump's campaign knew they were required to disclose the hush money as an election expense and willfully failed to do so, Noti said.
- Mar 14, 2018Larry Noble, general counsel of the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center and a CNN contributor, said the arbitration document offers evidence of a possible connection between the Trump Organization and the payment to Daniels, which could violate campaign finance law. "This is further evidence that the Trump Organization is involved. If they are going to argue that this payment was separate and apart from the Trump Organization, then why is the organization representing this company now?"
CNBC: Trump's lawyer in Mueller probe, John Dowd, cited for Trump campaign contribution above the legal maxMar 14, 2018
It's not uncommon for individual donors to accidentally contribute more to a candidate than the legal maximum of $2,700. But Dowd's case is unusual, both because of the donor and because of the date, said Brendan Fischer, senior counsel at the nonprofit, nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center.
"These kinds of errors are understandable when made in the midst of a hectic election season by a rookie campaign. But they become more difficult to understand when made by a second-term presidential candidate 32 months out from his next election," Fischer told CNBC. "And it is even more difficult to understand how the president's lawyer managed to exceed contribution limits."