- Nov 18, 2015
A remarkable eighty percent of Americans – both Republicans and Democrats -- believe that the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United should be overturned. Much of the public outrage and energy around undoing the damage done by the Court’s campaign finance jurisprudence has focused on amending the Constitution. Amending the constitution however is no small feat and the barriers are significant. This backgrounder, prepared by CLC for Issue One, examines the procedural hurdles and potential shortcomings of such a course.
- Nov 18, 2015
Earlier this week, Charles Stewart, III of the Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project released a report entitled “Managing Polling Place Resources.” This report analyzes wait times at polling places over the past two presidential election cycles and makes recommendations for how election officials can meet the Presidential Commission on Electoral Administration’s challenge that voters not wait more than 30 minutes to cast a ballot. Among the report’s most interesting findings are:
- Nov 17, 2015
Opponents of the disclosure of political spending have been playing fast and loose with the truth. This FAQ, prepared by CLC for Issue One, sorts the myths from the facts when it comes to the laws and regulation of ‘dark money’ groups and their spending in federal elections.
VIDEO: Launch of Historic Voting Rights Institute at Georgetown Law with Partners Campaign Legal Center & American Constitution Society Featuring Former Texas State Senator Wendy DavisNov 6, 2015
This video is now available of the historic October 2 launch of the Voting Rights Institute (VRI) at Georgetown Law. The Institute is a collaboration of Georgetown Law, the Campaign Legal Center (CLC), and the American Constitution Society (ACS). Former Texas State Senator Wendy Davis delivered remarks at the National Press Club event. CLC Executive Director J. Gerald Hebert, Dean William M. Treanor of Georgetown Law and Caroline Fredrickson, President of the American Constitution Society, discussed the VRI’s mission.
- Oct 21, 2015
On October 8, 2015, the Campaign Legal Center hosted a discussion on Capitol Hill on “Finding Common Ground on Money-in-Politics” featuring John Pudner, Tea Party strategist and Executive Director of Take Back Our Republic, Jay Cost, author and columnist for The Weekly Standard, Norman Ornstein, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and Trevor Potter, President of the Campaign Legal Center. Also speaking at the event was Senator Sheldon Whitehouse who assisted with getting the room on Capitol Hill and spoke about believing in “American exceptionalism” and how United States remains a beacon of democracy for the world.
- Oct 2, 2015
Remarks of J. Gerald Hebert, Executive Director & Director of Litigation, Campaign Legal Center at Launch of Voting Rights Institute.
- Aug 17, 2015
It was with great sadness I read the news of Julian Bond’s death over the weekend. He was a true icon of the civil rights movement who devoted his life to fighting injustice in all its forms. For over half a century, he worked tirelessly as an organizer, legislator, and leader to eradicate prejudice and discrimination, and in the process, bettered the lives of countless millions of Americans. Today, like many others who knew this remarkable man, I wanted to honor his memory by sharing a brief account of how I came to know Julian. ...
- Aug 7, 2015
Barely a page into his majority opinion in Shelby County v. Holder, Chief Justice John Roberts makes a claim that in any other context would seem unremarkable, even obvious: "Voting discrimination still exists; no one doubts that." ...
- Jul 30, 2015
Yesterday, Larry Noble testified at the Senate Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts hearing on the IRS’s enforcement of the restrictions on political activity by non-profit tax-exempt groups who do not disclose their donors. While some members of the subcommittee chaired by Senator Ted Cruz argued that the serious allegations of the IRS targeting certain groups meant the IRS should reduce its oversight, Noble focused on how the IRS’s failure to develop and enforce clear and effective rules governing political activity by nonprofit organizations has undermined compliance with our campaign finance laws—especially those requiring disclosure of the sources of campaign spending. ...
Judicial Oblivion: How the Wisconsin Supreme Court Ignored Legal Precedent to End the John Doe InvestigationJul 28, 2015
Passions have clearly been stirred by the recent 4-2 decision by the Wisconsin state supreme court to shut down a state “John Doe” investigation into potentially illegal coordination between the 2012 recall campaign of Gov. Scott Walker and multiple “dark money” groups, including Wisconsin Club for Growth (WCfG) and Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC). Supporters of the decision have claimed the investigation was a “political witch-hunt” reliant on “paramilitary raids”; opponents argued that the judges issuing the decision were on the take because their own recent election campaigns were heavily subsidized by the same groups targeted in the investigation. Lost in the barrage of charges and countercharges, however, is the fact that the actual merits decision of the court is, simply put, a joke. ...