- Nov 16, 2010
Given the multiple violations which Rep. Charles Rangel has publicly admitted to committing, a simple reprimand is an insufficient penalty. At the same time, expulsion is not on the table, and appropriately so. There was no evidence of egregious self-enrichment or specific corruption.
- Nov 8, 2010
Right through to Election Day, confusion reigned among the public and the press about the rules governing the estimated $4 billion-plus that was spent on the 2010 federal races. The Campaign Legal Center has created a basic primer on the new campaign finance landscape heading into the 2012 election cycle.
For a Small Amount of Doctrinal Gain, the Citizens United Majority Produced a Maximum Amount of PainOct 28, 2010
On reflection, the doctrinal shift in Citizens United was not as enormous as first thought--the Court really only moved from substantial First Amendment rights for corporations to unlimited rights. However, the snowball effect has been larger than the majority may have expected, especially because of FEC sabotage of the Court's disclosure expectations. Just ask the people of Colorado or Nevada or other battleground states what the practical applications have meant.
- Oct 26, 2010
The first reform that should be passed regarding outside spending is disclosure of the amount of money being spent, by whom, from whom, for what. Current law may only be showing the tip of the iceberg. Congress should take heed of the Supreme Court’s 8-to-1 ruling in Citizens United in favor of disclosure, stating that such disclosure is not only constitutional, but is the expected and indeed necessary counter-balance to the new corporate right to expend unlimited funds in US elections.
- Oct 22, 2010
Earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal editorial board made a series of factually unsupported attacks on the Campaign Legal Center in a published editorial. This week the paper ran our letter to the editor regarding the demonstrably false accusations.
- Oct 14, 2010
How anyone can argue with a straight face that the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act is to blame for the flood of secret money or that anonymous funding is the answer to fixing the current campaign finance system is beyond me. The premise is both ridiculous and insulting.
- Oct 8, 2010
The Office of Congressional Ethics is under fire and certainly there is no shortage of Members calling for closing the office altogether or at least stripping it of powers in an attempt to bring it to heel. Either action would be a grave mistake if Congress is to have any hope of rehabilitating itself in the eyes of the public.
Spike in Campaign Finance Lawsuits Nationwide Following Citizens United: Court Cases of Interest by the Campaign Legal CenterSep 16, 2010
A flood of new litigation has been triggered by the U.S. Supreme Court’s highly controversial decision in Citizens United v. FEC which overturned longstanding precedent and allowed corporations and unions to use their treasury funds to impact federal elections. While legal challenges to campaign finance laws picked up after the Roberts Court’s 2007 decision in Wisconsin Right to Life v. FEC, the spike in litigation in the wake of Citizens United is unprecedented. Challenges are pending from Maine to Hawaii as litigants rush to get before the Roberts Court. Seemingly no campaign finance law will be left undisturbed by the rash of new lawsuits, not even the type of disclosure laws that the Supreme Court upheld by a wide margin in Citizens United.
- Jul 7, 2010
The Society for Scholarly Publishing takes a look at the DISCLOSE Act with a blog post that begins: “While the notion that information wants to be free has driven many movements around government-financed data and research, it pays to remember that covert political maneuvering and paying for influence are as old as civilization. And some of these forces don’t want information to be free. When some of the most well-funded corporations and interest groups also have a commercial stake in supporting transparency, you have all the ingredients for a real battle.”
- Jun 22, 2010
Misinformation about the DISCLOSE Act continues to be circulated by opponents of the bill. One criticism has been that the timetable would be too short for the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to implement the legislation. Doing so is not the Herculean task critics maintain.