- May 12, 2015
“This is another example of how he is running roughshod over campaign finance law,” said Larry Noble, senior counsel at the Campaign Legal Center. “He is outsourcing what will normally be campaign activity, and he’s not even admitting he’s testing the waters, which is absurd.”
To read the full story at The Washington Post, click here.
- May 11, 2015
Meredith McGehee, the policy director of the non-profit watchdog group the Campaign Legal Center, said the foundation was "hiding behind technicalities."
"These explanations do nothing but raise more questions," she said of Bazbaz's comments. "It gives the feeling that they're not coming clean."
Transparency watchdog groups and experts in charity law have said the issues with the foundation's public financial records are not evidence of deliberate wrongdoing, but they make it more difficult to grasp how the charities raise and spend money.
"It's clear that anyone wanting an accurate picture of the money flowing in and out of the Clinton Foundation using public records would fail miserably because the public records are both inaccurate and fairly opaque," McGehee said.
- May 5, 2015
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Election finance experts predict the 2016 presidential race could see a record $10 billion in campaign spending. Much of the growth in spending is coming from outside groups untethered by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. But the head of the Federal Election Commission, tasked with keeping watch over campaign finance, says the agency is in a state of extreme dysfunction. She fears the FEC won’t be able to curb 2016 abuses. Many Republicans say the concerns are exaggerated. We explore the role of the FEC and what changes – if any – are needed.
Ann Ravel chair of the Federal Election Commission.
- May 5, 2015
"A federal candidate cannot solicit a million dollars, let's start there," said Larry Noble of the Campaign Legal Center when The Post reached him by telephone. "If he's there announcing his candidacy, he cannot ask anybody for a million dollars. The most he can ask is the contribution limit; from a PAC that's $5,000."
- May 5, 2015
"In some ways, it's a unique situation. It's a question of whether or not they can turn their bad news into a narrative for their supporters," said senior counsel Larry Noble of the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center, a Washington nonprofit that tracks campaign-finance issues. "It fits an argument that he makes, that it's 'us against them.' "
"He's made a national reputation for himself. He has capitalized on raising funds nationwide, which many sheriffs cannot do," Noble said.
- May 4, 2015
Meredith McGehee talked about campaign finance in the 2016 presidential elections, including Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s call for a constitutional amendment to fix the system.
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- May 4, 2015
Given the FEC's stupor, it's hard to believe it would act on promised complaints from two campaign-finance reform groups, Democracy 21 and the Campaign Legal Center, alleging illegal collusion between political campaigns and supposedly independent fund-raising groups known as super PACs.
To read the full story at The Philadelphia Enquirer, click here.
The New Orleans Advocate: Where's the line between acceptable and illegitimate campaign expenses? Figures like Walter Reed, John Alario, David Peralta bring attention to trendMay 4, 2015
Larry Noble, senior counsel at the nonprofit Campaign Legal Center in Washington, shares Chester’s skepticism about whether the Justice Department is turning up the heat on local campaign finance scofflaws in any orchestrated way.
Usually, the FBI and federal prosecutors focus on federal officeholders and candidates — like Edwards and Jackson — but “they’ve always gotten into these (local cases) to some extent. Not very often,” Noble said. When they do, he said, it’s typically because the campaign abuses are eye-popping or else because the politician is under scrutiny for multiple issues.
Huffington Post: John Roberts Basically Thinks It's OK When Politicians Just Do What Wealthy Donors SayMay 1, 2015
Or it could show a continued drift toward redefining democracy in non-egalitarian terms, as Paul S. Ryan, legal counsel for the Campaign Legal Center, argues.
“This shift in language by Chief Justice Roberts seems consistent with his steady migration toward greater and greater protection of the ability of the wealthy to control our government,” Ryan said. “Once upon a time he recognized the job of officeholders as representing constituents. Now the Chief Justice has declared that a politician’s job is representing supporters, and has implied that it’s okay for officeholders to give special consideration to their donors. Chief Justice Roberts’ vision sounds more like plutocracy than democracy.”
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- Apr 29, 2015
The Campaign Legal Center, a campaign finance reform advocacy group, praised the decision, but said it was disappointed that "what the court rightly finds untenable in the judicial context — responsiveness to campaign donors — it would tolerate for legislative and executive candidates."