- Sep 22, 2017
In November 2015, over sixty percent of Seattle voters approved I-122, known as the Honest Elections Seattle Initiative, a comprehensive set of reforms intended to reshape the campaign process for local office. Among its changes to Seattle’s election code, I-122 reduced the limit on contributions to city candidates, introduced “pay-to-play” rules for major city contractors and businesses employing lobbyists, and instituted a three-year “revolving door” restriction on former elected officials and their top staff serving as paid lobbyists.
- Sep 20, 2017
The U.S. Supreme Court has an opportunity this term in CLC’s Wisconsin partisan gerrymandering case (Gill v. Whitford) to rein in the pernicious practice of elected officials cherry picking their voters and silencing the voices of voters in the other party. Our democracy desperately needs the Court to rise to the challenge.
- Sep 12, 2017
The Pence-Kobach Commission met today to discuss public confidence in elections. But rather than addressing public confidence, the members seem set on using their time, energy, and government resources to undermine it.
- Sep 11, 2017
In a time of rare bi-partisan consensus, the data shows Americans, from both major political parties, overwhelmingly support measures to limit partisan gerrymandering regardless of political affiliation.
- Sep 7, 2017
A Kremlin-linked firm spent at least six figures on political Facebook ads in the 2016 elections. But any Americans who may have lent a hand to a private company being called a “troll farm” with ties to Putin may be in the greatest legal jeopardy.
- Sep 6, 2017
Yesterday, more than 30 different parties filed “friend-of-the-court” briefs urging the U.S. Supreme Court to set a limit on extreme partisan gerrymandering in the landmark partisan gerrymandering case Gill v. Whitford. CLC is arguing the case, along with co-counsel, at the Supreme Court on October 3.
- Sep 5, 2017
Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law SB 1933, a bipartisan bill establishing an automatic voter registration (AVR) system in Illinois. Under the new law, eligible citizens will automatically be registered to vote, or have their registration updated, when they apply for a driver’s license or interact with state agencies for other services, unless they affirmatively opt out.
- Aug 24, 2017
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) has conducted an analysis on the likely partisan implications of each plan and summarized that analysis in a memo released today. The goal is to provide a service that is helpful to the committees and the public in understanding the likely effects of the proposed plans.