- Feb 4, 2018
The Supreme Court’s action has been frustrating to lawyers involved in the years-long litigation. “A single election under an unconstitutional map is one too many,” Ruth Greenwood, senior legal counsel at the Campaign Legal Center, said after the court said North Carolina did not immediately have to redraw its congressional map.
The Post and Courier: Palmetto Politics: Pro-flag Super Bowl ad featuring Gov. McMaster to air in CharlestonFeb 3, 2018The Government Integrity Fund, criticized in the past of being overly political, put together the ad after McMaster issued his proclamation Tuesday. (It came together so quickly, the fund could not find any free ad time in Columbia.)"This allows a dark money group to air a Super Bowl ad to support Gov. McMaster," said Brendan Fischer with the Campaign Legal Center in Washington, echoing the opinions of others. "They're exploiting a loophole here."
- Feb 2, 2018
FEC rules allow payments to family members who do genuine work for a campaign, as long as they are paid at “market rate.” Still, campaign finance experts said that while FEC rules are vague, it’s clear that someone out of politics should not be spending as if they are still campaigning. “It’s hard to imagine how some of this is not illegal,” said Larry Noble, a former FEC attorney and senior director of ethics for the Campaign Legal Center, a D.C. watchdog group. “If you’re not in office and you aren’t running, there aren’t a lot of expenditures you should be having.”
- Feb 2, 2018
Delaware's top election official is vowing to update the state's voter registration forms amid claims those documents are in violation of federal law and could be disenfranchising thousands of potential voters. The nonpartisan voter advocacy group Campaign Legal Center, based in Washington D.C., brought the irregularities to the state's attention on Wednesday after conducting a survey of the voter registration forms used by all 50 states.
- Feb 1, 2018
“It appears that Liberty Action Group’s primary purpose was to siphon money off of grassroots activists with misleading fundraising appeals,” said Brendan Fischer, the director of federal and FEC reform programs for the Campaign Legal Center, an ethics watchdog group. “Asking for donations to support a get-out-the-vote campaign and using that money for more fundraising is entirely deceptive.”
North Jersey: 1 GOP says Gottheimer email touting fund-raising totals may have broken House ethics rulesJan 31, 2018
Meredith McGehee, a government ethics expert at the Campaign Legal Center, said the rule is one of the few areas where the ethics committee of the House has consistently applied the rules and punished violators. "It's one of those clear lines," she said. "It's the line you don't cross." But she said there would likely be leniency if it was a mistake. "If you show it was a mistake, that it was not willful and not repetitive, they say don't do that again," she said.
- Jan 31, 2018
“From flooding Facebook with carefully targeted paid advertisements to hacking [Democratic National Committee] servers to breaking into state voting records to quiet meetings in Trump Tower, we are learning that Russia employed a torrent of strategies to intervene in our elections,“ CLC President Trevor Potter said Wednesday during a conference call about the group’s report. “Just 10 months away from our next federal elections this year, it’s important for all of us to recognize these threats and think proactively about how to protect against them. Otherwise these types of actions and more threaten to undermine our democracy indefinitely.”
http://www.tampabay.com/projects/2018/investigations/zombie-campaigns/spending-millions-after-office/Campaign experts said that while FEC rules are vague, it’s clear that someone out of politics should not have expenses that come with campaigning. “It’s hard to imagine how some of this is not illegal,” said Larry Noble, a former FEC attorney and senior director of ethics for the Washington-based Campaign Legal Center. “If you’re not in office and you aren’t running, there aren’t a lot of expenditures you should be having.”
- Jan 31, 2018
Ruth Greenwood, of the Campaign Legal Center in Washington, said political parties have brought dozens of partisan gerrymandering claims since the Supreme Court first recognized that partisan considerations in redistricting could violate the Constitution in 1986 in Davis v. Bandemer. But it’s only recently that partisan gerrymandering claims have been successful, with the 2016 Wisconsin ruling opening the floodgates for similar claims, Greenwood said. The Campaign Legal Center is counsel to several groups challenging state voting districts, including the Wisconsin case.
- Jan 30, 2018
Paul Smith argued the Wisconsin case before the Supreme Court. Smith, vice president for litigation and strategy at the nonprofit Campaign Legal Center, has argued 21 cases before the high court, including Vieth v. Jubelirer, a 2004 Pennsylvania gerrymandering case in which the court ruled 5-4 that Pennsylvania’s districts were not unconstitutional. In that case, the majority held that the court could take no action given the lack of a clear standard for determining gerrymandering. YES! Contributing Editor Fran Korten spoke with Smith about the Wisconsin gerrymandering case.