- Apr 9, 2018
On April 10 and 11, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg heads to Capitol Hill for two days of highly anticipated testimony on Facebook’s actions in the lead-up to the 2016 Election and the company’s relationship with data firm Cambridge Analytica.
We’ve got a few questions for Mr. Zuckerberg, ourselves. Facebook says that “political” and “issue” ads run on its platform are going to be subject to heightened transparency requirements, such as including disclaimers telling viewers who paid for the ad, and requiring political advertisers to confirm their identity and location before running ads. But what does this mean?
- Mar 27, 2018
As super PACs and candidates continue to push the legal envelope, CLC continues to raise the flag, filing complaints against those that violate the law and demanding that the Federal Election Commission (FEC) take action. The most recent complaint alleges the super PAC Remember Mississippi illegally made contributions to Mississippi U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel.
According to the Clarion Ledger McDaniel called the complaint completely bogus and went so far as to accuse CLC of being part of a dirty trick by the establishment in support of his opponent.
CLC President Trevor Potter on 60 Minutes: Hush Money to Stormy Daniels Creates “Enormous” Legal Problems for Trump’s Campaign and LawyerMar 26, 2018
Viewers learned that the heart of the Stormy Daniels story is, in fact, an apparent violation of campaign finance law. Candidates and political operatives from both parties increasingly push the legal envelope with the expectation that the FEC won’t penalize them.
- Mar 23, 2018
The Department of Justice’s (DOJ) request to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census is an attempt to play politics with an important constitutional obligation that affects everyone living in the United States. In its rushed request DOJ claimed that the question was necessary to protect the voting rights of minority communities. However, by the Census Bureau’s own determinations, minority groups and foreign-born populations are more likely to be undercounted than other populations. A dramatic undercount of immigrant communities would undermine minority voting protections across the country, as well as skew results for the rest of the country.
- Mar 20, 2018
Many states allow the people to amend the electoral laws via ballot proposition. I’ve previously shared my excitement that the people of Maine voted to adopt an election system proven to reduce partisan polarization and increase minority representation. Sadly, the story does not end with a victory for the people…yet. Across the country in 2018, there will be dozens of ballot initiatives aimed at expanding the franchise and limiting the ability of legislators to manipulate the rules to stay in power. These types of reforms enjoy overwhelming bipartisan support and, absent legislative shenanigans, will hopefully be adopted.
- Mar 14, 2018
Last week, the Nevada Secretary of State’s office announced that the state will change their voter registration forms after CLC sent a letter informing the state that their forms may be effectively depriving people with past convictions of their right to vote by failing to provide accurate information about their eligibility. Nevada joins a growing list of states that have pledged to make similar changes to ensure that people with convictions have accurate information about their right to vote. The other states are Delaware, Arizona and Nebraska. All letters were sent the same day, January 31, and Delaware was fastest to respond, saying two days later that they “will be acting on every one of [our] recommendations” to update their forms.
- Mar 14, 2018
The FEC has long been paralyzed by partisan gridlock and is often overlooked by the White House. But by nominating commissioners who will faithfully administer the laws limiting money’s influence on politics, Trump could signal that he wants to restore integrity to our democracy and is serious about draining the swamp.
- Mar 13, 2018
A recent TPM article covering the trial on Kansas’ documentary proof-of-citizenship requirement to register to vote quoted a defense witness as saying she “wanted to make him look good.” The witness was referring to Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and his efforts to keep the documentary proof-of-citizenship requirement in place. In her efforts to make Kobach “look good,” the witness ended up proving why these laws are an unnecessary and extreme burden on the right to vote.
- Feb 13, 2018
A bill that will enact Automatic Voter Registration (AVR) in Massachusetts is advancing in the state legislature. Evidence from other states with AVR suggests this legislation will improve participation and access to the ballot box while also increasing efficiency and lowering election administration costs.
- Feb 7, 2018
The D.C. Council yesterday unanimously passed the Fair Elections Act, and now the bill heads to Mayor Muriel Bowser’s desk to be signed into law. D.C.’s measure follows a long line of states and localities that have passed public financing laws, or citizen-funded elections, making it clear Americans want every voice heard in the political process, not just those of the wealthy few.