Victory for Transparency Today at the Federal Communications Commission Stems from Work of CLC and Other WatchdogsJan 28, 2016
Today, as the Campaign Legal Center and others urged, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passed by a 5-to-0 vote new rules to extend the online public filing requirements for the public and political files to cover cable operators, satellite television (DBS) providers, and broadcast and satellite radio licensees.
Campaign Legal Center Urges House Ethics Committee to Release Findings & Recommendations of Conflict of Interest “Working Group”Jan 27, 2016
Today the Campaign Legal Center called on the House Ethics Committee to issue a public report or statement on the findings, recommendations and conclusions of a “working group” established in 2013 to review House conflict of interest rules and guidance. The Campaign Legal Center urged the Committee to publicly release the group’s recommendations and the changes made in the guidance, as well as disclose the “ethics experts” with whom the working group met.
- Jan 27, 2016
Today in Wolfson v. Concannon, the en banc U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld Arizona rules involving campaigns for judicial office. Prior to the en banc proceedings, a three-judge Ninth Circuit panel had invalidated the challenged rules—which include provisions restricting judicial candidates from personally soliciting political contributions or endorsing, speaking in favor of or campaigning for non-judicial candidates—as they applied to non-incumbent judicial candidates.
Appeals Court Panel Overturns Van Hollen v. FEC, Reopening Massive Disclosure Loophole for 2016 CycleJan 21, 2016
Today in Van Hollen v. FEC, the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit once again upheld an FEC rule that severely limits federal disclosure requirements connected to “electioneering communications.” The appellate panel overturned a district court decision holding the rule “arbitrary, capricious, and contrary to law” for improperly narrowing the scope of the McCain-Feingold law’s disclosure requirements and allowing nonprofit 501(c)(4) advocacy groups, 501(c)(6) business associations, and others to spend millions on “electioneering communications” without disclosing their donors.
FEC Complaint Filed Against Senator Ted Cruz and His 2012 Senate Campaign for Failure to Report Loans from Goldman Sachs and Citibank and Possible Improper Use of Assets to Secure the LoansJan 20, 2016
Today, the Campaign Legal Center, with Democracy 21, filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) urging the FEC to investigate apparent violations of campaign finance laws by Senator Ted Cruz and the 2012 Cruz for Senate Campaign relating to loans he obtained from Goldman Sachs and Citibank for use in his 2012 Senate campaign. According to the complaint, Senator Cruz failed to report the loans to the FEC, as required by law, and may have used a portion of his wife’s assets to secure the loan resulting in the campaign accepting excessive contributions.
The complaint asks the FEC to formally investigate the apparent violations and seek appropriate sanctions.
Campaign Legal Center Praises House Passage of Bill to Disclose Presidential Library Donors, Urges Senate to Follow SuitJan 14, 2016
On Monday, January 11, the U.S. House of Representatives passed by voice vote H.R. 1069, the Presidential Library Donation Reform Act, to reveal the identities of donors to presidential libraries, prompted by reports raising concerns about sitting Presidents fundraising for such institutions. H.R. 1069 was introduced by Rep. John Duncan (R-TN). A companion bill, S. 558, introduced by Sen. Thomas Carper (D-DE), has been reported out of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and is awaiting final action on the Senate floor.
- Jan 7, 2016
The Campaign Legal Center yesterday joined in a lawsuit alleging widespread corruption in the awarding of contracts by the Houston Independent School District (HISD). The Legal Center joins the legal team representing a Houston construction contractor who was locked out of the school district’s construction contracts after refusing to participate in the Board of Trustees’ widespread “pay-to-play” scheme.
Some Troubling Omnibus Riders Removed but Two Left in Would Encourage ‘Dark Money’ Abuses: Statement of Trevor Potter, Legal Center PresidentDec 16, 2015
The deal struck late last night on the Omnibus funding measure removed some troubling campaign finance riders that would have rolled back longstanding reforms. The current bill however includes two riders that will cement in place the ‘dark money’ status quo for the 2016 election cycle.
- Dec 15, 2015
Today, the Campaign Legal Center again urged the House Ethics Committee and the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) to establish a Task Force to review and recommend changes to clarify House rules concerning recusal and conflicts of interest by Members. In a letter to Ethics Committee Chair Charles Dent (R-PA) and Ranking Member Linda Sanchez (D-CA) and OCE Co-Chairs David Skaggs and Judy Biggert, CLC offered new accounts that raise questions of potential Member conflicts on a large scale in the fields of biomedicine and healthcare.
Reform Groups Urge Democratic Leaders to Oppose Any Efforts to Kill Presidential Tax Checkoff System in Omnibus Spending BillDec 14, 2015
Reforms groups sent a letter today enclosed below to President Barack Obama, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid urging them to block any last minute efforts to kill the presidential tax check off system in the Omnibus spending bill.