- Jan 10, 2018
"What are they supposed to do?" he asked Paul Smith, the lawyer representing plaintiffs who challenged the policy and argued that voting should not be a "use it or lose it" right.
- Jan 10, 2018
Alito agreed the issue was "important" and "sensitive" but said the court's job was to interpret the statute at hand. He was the most vocal critic of the challengers' position and told their lawyer, Paul M. Smith, that Ohio's system does not say that the failure to vote is the only ground for removal, instead saying, "moving out of the district is a ground for removal." Roberts noted that Ohio's process is not just triggered by a voter's failure to vote -- it is coupled with the notification process which serves the mandates of the federal law.
- Jan 10, 2018
Paul M. Smith, a lawyer for the challengers, said there were far more reliable methods of figuring out whether people had moved, including consulting records kept by the post office and motor vehicle departments.
- 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.”
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.
- 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.
- 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