- Jul 21, 2016
An often overlooked consequence of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder is that the federal government no longer sends federal observers on its own initiative to document and deter instances of voter discrimination on Election Day.
- Jul 19, 2016
The IRS Should Reject Charitable Status for Both Parties’ Host Committees
For the first time in recent memory, the Internal Revenue Service has rejected the Democratic convention host committee’s application for 501(c)(3) “charitable” status. This is a long overdue step, since corporations should not be getting a tax deduction for buying political access and influence at the party conventions.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the “IRS has turned down the long-running effort by the Democratic convention’s Philadelphia host committee to win a tax exemption. … a setback for efforts to raise the last of the $60 million needed to help pay for [next week’s] convention.”
- Jul 19, 2016
Even though presumptive nominee Donald Trump spent much of the primary campaign blasting the current out-of-balance and “rigged” political system, the 2016 platform continues the GOP’s hostility toward reforming our democracy.
Ready, Willing, and Able—to Vote: An Overview of the Issues Faced by People with Disabilities in VotingJul 14, 2016
This week marks the first ever National Disability Voter Registration Week, which seeks to mobilize the 30 million people with disabilities who are eligible to vote and draw attention to the unique challenges they face.
- Jul 8, 2016
Yale Law School’s Jack Balkin once wrote in The Atlantic that ideas are either “off the wall” or “on the wall.” Constitutional litigation, he explained, is all about the reasonableness of your ideas.
- Jun 29, 2016
Cable, satellite and radio providers will join broadcast television in being required to upload their public files to the FCC database. CLC and our allies pressured the FCC to take action.
- Jun 24, 2016
It appears that the plaintiffs in Republican Party of Louisiana v. FEC may not be as injured as they claim to be and are serving as placeholders in a broader ideological battle to slowly, incrementally deregulate campaign finance and ethics law.
- Jun 22, 2016
The calamity of the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder can only fully be understood by looking at the Voting Rights Act’s history and all the harm to voting rights that was successfully prevented because we had Section 5 in place.
- Jun 20, 2016
Voting changes at the local level now often go unnoticed and unchallenged – even though these changes could also drastically harm voters’ ability to access to the ballot.