- Apr 11, 2017
Yesterday, a federal district court held, again, that Texas’s strict voter ID law, SB 14, was enacted with discriminatory intent. The district court initially held that the law was intentionally discriminatory after a nine-day trial in 2014.
More than 20 U.S. Senators Have Expressed Concern about Gorsuch’s Nomination, Citing Money in PoliticsApr 6, 2017
Americans deserve to know whether Judge Gorsuch will decide on campaign finance cases in a way that tilts the political system even more in the direction of large campaign donors. Americans also deserve to know whether he will protect every citizen’s right to cast an effective and meaningful vote at the ballot box.
States Can Require Financial Disclosure by Presidential Candidates to Safeguard Electoral TransparencyApr 6, 2017
Tax returns would also be the surest way for the American people to gain a clear picture of President Trump’s personal wealth, debts, foreign business ties, and potential conflicts of interest.
- 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 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.”
- 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
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.