- Nov 30, 2017
Revelations last month that the Clinton campaign’s joint fundraising agreement with the Democratic National Committee (DNC) fueled accusations that the primary was “rigged.”
The agreement was certainly problematic. It appeared to grant Clinton a degree of control over the DNC, months before voters had a chance to cast their ballot, further tilting the political landscape toward the interests of megadonors rather than voters. President Trump even called the joint fundraising agreement evidence of “real collusion and dishonesty.”
But now, the Republican-controlled Senate is pushing a measure to grant presidential candidates even more control over how parties spend those massive joint fundraising checks.
- Nov 9, 2017
If you are an Alabama citizen with a felony conviction, this post will help you determine if you lost your right to vote, and if so, if and how your voting rights can be restored. Not everyone with a felony conviction has lost his or her right to vote, so the first question is whether your conviction is disqualifying. If you have lost your right to vote due to a felony conviction, in many cases it can be restored through a simple process. This post will give you the tools you need to register to vote or to restore your voting rights.
- Oct 26, 2017
Corporate PAC contributions gave 99 percent of their federal contributions to congressional candidates in 2016. Controlled by the corporations which establish them, corporate PACs actually reported giving federal candidates over $180 million in 2016—more than 40 percent of PAC spending that year.
- Oct 3, 2017
On Tuesday, October 3rd, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments for a case that could change the landscape of American politics for the better. Among those in the courtroom were the Campaign Legal Center, our partner attorneys and twelve brave Wisconsin voters who are standing up for a better democracy as plaintiffs, asking the Court to rein in extreme partisan redistricting practices.
Outside the Court, allies rallied to spread the message that voters demand a system that lets us choose our representatives, not one in which politicians get to choose their voters.
- Sep 26, 2017
Please join the Campaign Legal Center for an event featuring a series of panels that bring together campaign finance, cybersecurity, foreign policy and other experts to examine lessons learned from the 2016 Election.
- 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.