- Mar 23, 2017
At a Kentucky campaign rally on Monday, President Donald Trump appeared to take credit for “keeping former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick out of a job,” as CNN put it.
That could spell trouble for President Trump. Although the president is exempt from many ethics laws and regulations, he is subject to 18 U.S.C. 227, which prohibits any official “from influencing the employment decision of a private entity on the basis of partisan political affiliation.”
The politically-active Kaepernick became a free agent this month but has not yet been hired by another team. During the 2016 campaign, Kaepernick called Trump “openly racist,” and Trump hit back by criticizing Kaepernick’s protest of the national anthem.
- Mar 23, 2017
After an expedited FOIA request, a large document release, and three days of hearings, there still remain unanswered and unsettling questions about Judge Neil Gorsuch’s views on our fundamental right to vote.
- Mar 22, 2017
(This blog originally appeared on the Take Care Blog.)
On Monday February 27, the Department of Justice began its official retreat from protection of minority voting rights by filing a motion to dismiss its intentional discrimination claim against the state of Texas for its strict voter identification law (“SB 14”). Both because this move represents the Department’s first official position on voting rights issues and because the Texas voter ID litigation has stood at the center of the recent firestorm over state discriminatory encroachments on the right to vote, this move is notable even if unsurprising.
- Mar 17, 2017
In Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee to fill the late Justice Scalia’s vacant seat, voters worry they are getting a justice who will simply perpetuate the corrupting influence of money on government.
- Mar 13, 2017
New documents obtained by the Campaign Legal Center under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) show how lawyers for the White House and the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) scrambled to respond to President Trump and a top aide who used their official positions to promote First Daughter Ivanka Trump’s fashion line.
- Mar 3, 2017
CLC’s case, Whitford v. Gill, is on the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, and we hope that we can once and for all curb the practice of partisan gerrymandering. Before then, we’d like to debunk a number of myths about partisan gerrymandering with a dose of reality.
- Mar 3, 2017
The Supreme Court’s decision, joined by six Justices, is a home run for voters. Virginia tried to make it harder for voters to bring racial gerrymandering claims, by allowing a state’s after-the-fact rationalizations to excuse blatant racial targeting. The Court refused to let that happen.
- Mar 2, 2017
Seventy percent of Missouri voters in last November’s general election approved the Missouri Campaign Contribution Reform Initiative, a state constitutional amendment now being challenged in district court.
Now You See It, Now You Don’t: Sessions DOJ Abandons Discriminatory Intent Claim in Texas Voter ID CaseFeb 28, 2017
The DOJ notified CLC yesterday that after six years of vigorously challenging Texas’s voter ID law, it was dropping its claim that the law was enacted with the intent to discriminate.
- Feb 23, 2017
Rather than fixing the problem, it appears this administration plans to use evidence of bureaucratic voter registration errors - which has nothing to do with voter fraud - as an excuse to make it harder to register to vote.