- Nov 21, 2017
This case is about breaking down barriers to participation in our democracy and protecting the right to vote. Low-income, disabled, and elderly citizens all face particular burdens on exercising that sacred right. Voters should not have their right to vote put at risk just because they missed a trip to the polls.
- Nov 13, 2017
CLC submitted a complaint about a potential ethics violation by Kirsten Nielsen for receiving free services for a consultant that is helping her with her nomination to be DHS Secretary.
- Nov 9, 2017
The charitable activities prohibition was passed without controversy in 1954 by a Republican Congress, signed by a Republican president, and has been supported and strengthened on a bipartisan basis by administrations of both political parties. And this is for good reason: donors to 501(c)(3) organizations are subsidized by taxpayers for their charitable, religious and educational work, not partisan political activity.
- Nov 9, 2017
Shaub released 13 policy recommendations to strengthen the government ethics program after a meeting with Chairman Trey Gowdy and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings, as the Office of Government Ethics is giong through the reauthorization process in Congress.
- Nov 8, 2017
WASHINGTON – Today, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed comments with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) urging it to write new rules clarifying that digital political ads must include “disclaimers” stating who paid for the ads.
“The time is long overdue for the FEC to shore up the vulnerabilities that were exploited by foreign actors in the 2016 elections,” said Brendan Fischer, director of federal and FEC reform at CLC. “A political ad run on TV must include a disclaimer telling voters who paid for it, and the FEC should clarify that disclaimer rules still apply when the same ad is run on the Internet.”
As CLC noted in its comments:
- Nov 7, 2017
System has disenfranchised at least 26,000 eligible voters in Maricopa County alone
WASHINGTON – Today, Campaign Legal Center (CLC), the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and private co-counsel filed a federal lawsuit challenging Arizona’s overly burdensome and confusing voter registration process that has disenfranchised 26,000 voters in Maricopa County alone. Maricopa is the largest county in Arizona.
The Arizona law requires eligible voters to attach specific documents such as a birth certificate to registration forms if they want to vote in state elections. However, federal law requires Arizona to accept federal registration forms, which permit an applicant to swear, under penalty of perjury, to their citizenship, at least for federal elections.
- Nov 3, 2017
The Superior Court of the State of Washington for King County issued an opinion finding that the city’s pioneering public financing system is a valid tool for the city government to foster citizen involvement in elections, which is a goal “vital to a self-governing people.”
- Oct 30, 2017
Today, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke violated campaign finance law by failing to report tens of thousands of dollars of contributions received and for using campaign funds for the personal benefit of himself and his family.
Zinke failed to report the identity of multiple individuals who contributed thousands of dollars to his campaign through a joint fundraising committee, potentially concealing contributions in excess of federal limits.
Fact Check: Sarah Sanders Inaccurately States Law Regarding Campaigns’ Ability to Finance Opposition ResearchOct 30, 2017
Opposition research is a central element of modern political campaigning. Candidates from both parties legally pay millions of dollars every cycle for opposition research. However, if a campaign solicits or accepts opposition research without paying for it, the value of that research constitutes a solicitation for, or an in-kind contribution to, the campaign.