All Eyes Turn to North Carolina, as SCOTUS Considers Whether to Hear North Carolina Partisan Gerrymandering CaseJun 21, 2018
The Supreme Court justices could decide Monday, June 25 whether to hear the North Carolina case or send it back to a lower court.
- Jun 1, 2018
This month the Supreme Court of the United States is set to issue an opinion in a case I’ve been working on for many years: Gill v. Whitford. I, along with a team, represent Bill Whitford and his fellow plaintiffs in seeking to strike down the Wisconsin state house plan as a partisan gerrymander, in violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution.
- May 31, 2018
If Will Rogers were still alive, he might remind his fellow Oklahoman, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, of the first law of holes: “If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.” Instead, Pruitt has dug himself deep into an ethical pit. But where Pruitt’s ethical problems began, in state politics in Oklahoma, an effective independent ethics commission could have helped him out of his hole before he dug too deep.
- May 31, 2018
This week, the Campaign Legal Center welcomes eight new members to our team for the summer: our 2018 class of summer law interns. The summer interns are current law students who will work with CLC's full time staff to help advance our work, including pushing for the enforcement of campaign finance laws, and against felon disenfranchisement and partisan gerrymandering.
- May 23, 2018
Following a request made by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced in March that the 2020 U.S. Census will include a question regarding citizenship. The DOJ claims that the data from this question will help to better enforce the Voting Rights Act (VRA) and provide more accurate and in-depth information about the demographics within the United States.
While Congress Sits on Legislation, States Take the Fight Against Foreign Interference Into Their Own HandsMay 23, 2018
Just as the internet has changed society, it has also changed the way campaigns reach out to voters. But regulation of these ads has not kept up. That slow reaction created a blind spot which Russians exploited when they ran thousands of advertisements on Facebook and other digital platforms, reaching a wider audience than last year’s Super Bowl.
Louisiana – With Bipartisan Support – Takes Steps to Restore Voting Rights for Citizens with Past ConvictionsMay 22, 2018
Reform requires proactive implementation by the state
Image by Daniel Parks via Creative Commons
Louisiana recently joined the plethora of states expanding access to the ballot for citizens with past felony convictions. The new law restores voting rights to those who served their time but are still on parole or probation for five years.
- 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.