Watchdogs File FCC Complaints Against TV Stations Refusing to Identify Michael Bloomberg as True Funder of Super PAC Ad CampaignDec 10, 2015
Today, the Campaign Legal Center, Common Cause and the Sunlight Foundation filed complaints at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) against 18 television stations in 7 markets across 4 states that incorrectly identified Independence USA PAC as the “true sponsor” of political advertisements, when in fact the true funder of the PAC is Michael Bloomberg.
Campaign Legal Center Urges Quick Action on Bill to Improve Disclosure of TV Stations’ Political FilesDec 7, 2015
Today, the Campaign Legal Center called on the House Energy and Commerce Committee to move expeditiously to report out H.R. 4179, “The Fair and Clear Campaign Transparency Act.” This legislation, introduced December 3rd by Representative Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM), directs the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to issue regulations requiring television broadcasters’ political files to be made available in a machine-readable format.
- Dec 4, 2015
Today, the Campaign Legal Center released a short video explaining what is at stake in Harris v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, a case challenging the constitutionality of Arizona’s 2012 redistricting plan under the one person, one vote doctrine. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral argument on Tuesday, December 8. The Campaign Legal Center filed an amici brief on behalf of former Justice Department attorneys in support of the Commission’s redistricting plan.
- Dec 3, 2015
On December 7, the Voting Rights Institute, a joint project of the Campaign Legal Center, the American Constitution Society (ACS) and Georgetown Law Center, will conduct a voting rights training session in Baltimore, Maryland. The ongoing Institute training sessions are designed to address the critical need for a new generation of voting rights lawyers, experts, and community activists. At the next session, hosted at the Baltimore offices of Brown, Goldstein & Levy, practitioners and law students will learn the ‘ins and outs” of protecting the right to vote through litigation. In particular, the training will focus on cases brought to enforce Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, and the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the Constitution. The training program will feature a panel of practitioners with decades of experience in the field of voting rights.
Legal Center Calls for Review of Amendment Offered by Rep. Roger Williams and Strengthening of Recusal RulesNov 23, 2015
Today, the Campaign Legal Center urged the House Ethics Committee and the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) to review the actions taken by Rep. Roger Williams (R-TX) in offering an amendment that would benefit his own business during House consideration of the transportation reauthorization legislation. 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 urged a review of Rep. Williams’ conduct and further urged the Committee to recommend changes to clarify House rules concerning recusal and conflicts of interest by Members.
- Nov 13, 2015
The Campaign Legal Center is pleased to announce a series of staff promotions and new hires as part of a management restructuring of the organization in response to continuing growth and the conclusion of a strategic planning review. Lawrence Noble has become General Counsel and Paul S. Ryan and Tara Malloy are now Deputy Executive Directors of the organization. All three have been lawyers for CLC for several years, but will now formally be part of the Senior Management team.
Campaign Legal Center and Issue One Provide “Blueprints for Democracy” to Legislators: New report details bipartisan reform options as Americans go to polls to demand money-in-politics solutionsNov 12, 2015
Today, the Campaign Legal Center and Issue One released a jointly produced report which details a suite of specific solutions to reduce the power of money in politics and restore faith in public institutions. The report and accompanying website,
Campaign Legal Center Brief Urges Texas Supreme Court to Affirm Decision Upholding Texas Campaign Finance LawsNov 10, 2015
Today, the Campaign Legal Center filed an amicus brief urging the Texas Supreme Court to uphold a lower court decision affirming numerous provisions of Texas campaign finance laws in Texas Democratic Party v. King Street Patriots. The Campaign Legal Center filed amicus briefs in both the district court and the Court of Appeals defending the constitutionality of Texas’s law.
Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21 Call for Justice Department Investigation of Group Supporting Rubio Campaign and Improperly Claiming 501(c)(4) StatusNov 5, 2015
In a letter sent today to the Tax Division of the Justice Department, the Campaign Legal Center joined Democracy 21 in calling for an investigation of the Conservative Solutions Project (CSP), an organization claiming tax-exempt status as a social welfare organization under section 501(c)(4) of the tax code.
- Nov 5, 2015
House Speaker Paul Ryan should suspend privately-funded foreign travel by House members and staff and launch a formal review of the rules governing it, the Campaign Legal Center and other advocacy organizations said today.