- Oct 25, 2017
Twitter’s new transparency policy is a small step towards giving voters, journalists, watchdog groups, and law enforcement some of the tools they need to root out illegal foreign activity. While Twitter’s statement reflects a growing understanding of the serious problems arising from political ads coming from undisclosed foreign sources, we are still lacking needed specificity and uniformity regarding the nature of what will be disclosed.
Hillary for America, DNC Failed to Disclose Legally Required Information about Funding of Trump-Russia DossierOct 25, 2017
CLC filed a complaint with the FEC alleging the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign committee violated campaign finance law. They failed to accurately disclose the purpose and recipient of payments for the dossier of research alleging connections between then-candidate Donald Trump and Russia, effectively hiding these payments from public scrutiny, contrary to the requirements of federal law.
- Oct 23, 2017
The appeals court today held that Montana has a valid interest in preventing pay to play activity tied to large campaign contributions, and that its contribution limits are a “closely drawn” way to achieve that goal.
Bipartisan Bills in House and Senate Would Give Tools to Fight Foreign Interference in Future ElectionsOct 19, 2017
“The 2016 elections exposed glaring holes in our ability to police foreign intervention in US elections, and these bills are an appropriate, bipartisan disclosure remedy,” said Trevor Potter, president of Campaign Legal Center (CLC), and a former Republican Chairman of the Federal Election Commission. “Voters have a right to be fully informed about who is trying to influence their vote, particularly foreign powers whose motives are contrary to American interests. The Honest Ads Act gives voters, journalists, and law enforcement officers’ important tools to help root out illegal foreign activity. The transparency this bill aims to provide in the 2018 elections and beyond will protect and enhance the integrity of our elections, which are the most fundamental component of American self-governance.”
- Oct 3, 2017
CLC's Paul Smith urged the U.S. Supreme Court to strike a blow against extreme partisan gerrymandering during today’s oral arguments in the landmark case Gill v Whitford.
- Oct 2, 2017
CLC is requesting an immediate investigation into whether U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore failed to disclose compensation received in his financial disclosure statement.
FEC Fines Government Contractor that Gave Hillary Clinton Super PAC $200,000 in Illegal ContributionsSep 28, 2017
The reason federal contractors have been banned for 75 years from making political contributions is to prevent pay-to-play in the contracting process. Hopefully this decision by the FEC deters companies with business before the government from attempting to buy influence in the future. And we look forward to the FEC taking action on our outstanding complaint against GEO Group for violating the contractor contribution ban with its contribution to a pro-Trump super PAC.
- Sep 25, 2017
CLC will host an event, “Examining Foreign Interference in U.S. Elections” on Oct. 12, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Pillsbury Building, 1200 17th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20036.
- Sep 21, 2017
CLC submitted a FOIA Request to HHS to obtain records about Secretary Tom Price’s use of a private jet, which cost taxpayers greater than $60,000 over three days.