- May 17, 2018
On May 15th, CLC hosted “Solutions for Pushing Stronger Government Ethics,” a conference call to discuss current ethical challenges and solutions in government. During the call CLC staff shared how federal, state, and local governments can work to ensure that public officials have clear ethical guidelines and laws in place to help them navigate potential conflicts and hold them accountable when they break public trust – as both are necessary to earn and keep the public’s trust and ensure a healthy democracy.
- May 15, 2018
The FEC should take a closer look at the gaps in its reporting requirements. But Congress could also enact legislation requiring that a group list its top funders on the face of its advertisements, which would make it harder to execute these disclosure dodges. California’s DISCLOSE Act includes such a requirement. Only decisive action can shine a light on these groups and end the intentional shielding of donors.
- May 14, 2018
A recent article in the Wall Street Journal highlighted the fight to restore voting rights to citizens who are currently ineligible to vote because of Jim Crow era laws that disenfranchise an estimated six million people convicted of felony offenses across the country. Meanwhile, in The Washington Post, the title of an op-ed by George Will sums up the fight to allow those who have served their time to become fully engaged in their communities, “There’s no good reason to stop felons from voting.” Each piece briefly shares the stories of two men, one in New Jersey and one in Florida – both unable to vote because of previous convictions.
- May 7, 2018
Bombshell revelations from President Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani came out last week about a hush money payment to adult-film actress Stormy Daniels just days before the 2016 presidential election. The media has added a new layer to scrutiny of the Trump campaign – but more importantly – they have unearthed serious questions about whether campaign improprieties have legal consequences or whether our nation’s laws are merely unenforced suggestions.
- May 1, 2018
On Tuesday, May 15th join the Campaign Legal Center for “Solutions for Pushing Stronger Ethics in Government,” a conversation on the current state of government ethics at the federal, state and local levels; and recommendations on how governments can work to strengthen ethics programs across the country.
- Apr 25, 2018
A super PAC forms. A megadonor writes a check for a few million dollars. The super PAC starts spending heavily in support of one candidate. The candidate publicly expresses his or her thanks to the super PAC donor.
So far in this election cycle, scenarios like this one, and close variations of it, have surfaced again and again. But these aren’t just coincidences—they’re forming a trend. The most common starting point? Two particular donors: Richard Uihlein and Robert Mercer.
- Apr 25, 2018
The Online Electioneering Transparency and Accountability Act would improve the disclosure of digital political advertising by keeping up with modern trends in campaigns, as the spending by candidates and outside groups increasingly moves online. Maryland should pass this legislation.
- Apr 24, 2018
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on two cases that challenge racially discriminatory redistricting in Texas. The Southern Coalition for Social Justice will argue that the state intentionally created and voted for discriminatory redistricting maps – twice. CLC submitted an amicus brief in support of the argument.
- Apr 24, 2018
Additionally, an analysis CLC shared with the Times shows that Pruitt’s use of federal PAC money as Oklahoma Attorney General offered a preview of what was to come during Pruitt’s tenure at EPA: a preference for a luxury lifestyle and a commitment to making sure his inner circle gets paid handsomely.
New FEC Report Confirms for Voters What Chris McDaniel Knew Months Ago: The Full Extent of His Super PAC’s FundraisingApr 17, 2018
Voters were not aware of U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel's contributions from prolific megadonor Richard Uihlein, which was disclosed in a recent filing with the Federal Election Commission.