Campaign Legal Center Brief Urges Supreme Court to Reject Challenge to Arizona Commission’s Redistricting PlanNov 2, 2015
Today, the Campaign Legal Center filed an amici brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in Harris v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission on behalf of former Justice Department attorneys in support of the Commission and its redistricting plan.
Watchdogs Press for New Rules Allowing Review and Audits of Taxpayer–Funded Expenditures by Members of CongressOct 30, 2015
Today, the Campaign Legal Center, joined by Common Cause, Democracy 21 and Public Citizen urged the Committee on House Administration to adopt new rules making clear that expenditures from Members’ Representation Allowances (MRAs) are subject to review and approval by the Committee. Lax oversight of Members’ expenses has led to a series of scandals, the most recent leading to the resignation of Rep. Aaron Schock. The letter also urged the Committee to allow MRA budgets to be periodically audited for compliance with the Members’ Congressional Handbook and House ethics rules.
Watchdogs Urge FCC to Enforce Broadcaster Mandate to Disclose Funders Behind Super PAC & ‘Dark Money’ AdsOct 29, 2015
Today, the Campaign Legal Center joined the Sunlight Foundation and Common Cause in urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to take immediate action to enforce the public file and sponsorship identification requirements of Sections 315 and 317 of the Communications Act. Enforcing the broadcaster mandate would require stations to disclose the funders behind political ads run by Super PACs and ‘dark money’ groups. Section 315 outlines the requirements for what is included in a broadcast television station’s publicly available political file regarding advertisements run by candidates as well as advertisements “relating to any political matter of national importance.” Section 317 requires broadcasters to disclose to their listeners or viewers the “true identity of the person or persons, or corporation, committee, association or other unincorporated group, or other entity” paying for the ad.
Watchdogs Urge FEC to Reject Democratic Super PACs’ Request to Green-Light Illegal Coordination with Candidates
Today, the Campaign Legal Center, joined by Democracy 21, strongly urged the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to reject the request from Senate Majority PAC and House Majority PAC to follow the lead of a number of GOP Super PACs in breaking a variety of laws through coordinated activities with candidates. The watchdog groups filed comments on the Advisory Opinion Request 2015-09, where the Super PACs outlined a number of proposed interactions with candidates that the requestors admit are illegal but state they will undertake themselves in the event of an FEC deadlock on the request.
Campaign Legal Center & Democracy 21 File FEC Comments Supporting Request for Rulemaking to Revise Flawed Disclosure and Coordination Regulations
The Campaign Legal Center joined Democracy 21 in filing comments today in support of a Public Citizen rulemaking petition seeking revisions of the FEC’s flawed disclosure and coordination regulations.
Watchdogs Urge FEC Commissioners to Reject Proposal from Commissioner Goodman to Undermine Party Coordination with Candidates
The Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21 sent a letter today to the FEC Commissioners urging them to reject a proposal to be offered at the agency’s October 29 meeting by Commissioner Lee Goodman to provide “regulatory relief for political parties.”
CLC and Georgia NAACP Urge 11th Circuit to Overturn Lower Court Voting Rights Ruling Contrary to Supreme Court PrecedentOct 26, 2015
Today, the Campaign Legal Center and the Georgia NAACP filed an amici brief in Wright v. Sumter County Board of Elections and Registration in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, urging the court to overturn a trial court decision that ignored U.S. Supreme Court precedent.
Nashville Hosts Latest Voting Rights Institute to Train New Generation of Voting Rights Lawyers and LeadersOct 21, 2015
Tomorrow, the Voting Rights Institute, a joint project of the Campaign Legal Center, the American Constitution Society (ACS) and Georgetown University Law Center, will conduct its latest voting rights training session in Nashville, Tennessee. The ongoing Institute training sessions are helping to help meet the critical need for a new generation of voting rights lawyers, experts, and community activists. At the session, being held at the Nashville offices of Bone McAllester Norton, practitioners and law students will learn the ‘ins and outs’ of protecting the right to vote through the enforcement of voting rights laws. A particular focus of the training will be cases brought to enforce Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the Constitution, and currently pending voting rights cases in the United States Supreme Court. The training program will feature a panel of instructors with decades of experience in the field of voting rights.
- Oct 20, 2015
Today, the Campaign Legal Center, Public Citizen and Common Cause expressed strong support for a proposed revision of House regulations governing permissible reimbursements for automobile mileage, private aircraft use and office decoration. The groups are urging the full House Administration Committee to vote in favor of the revisions to the rules which were introduced in the wake of a number of reimbursement scandals in Congress.
- Oct 16, 2015
Yesterday in Sacramento, the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) adopted amendments to the state’s regulations on “Independent versus Coordinated Expenditures” that strengthened the regulation in a number of ways. At the hearing, the Campaign Legal Center’s Senior Counsel Paul S. Ryan offered testimony in support of the measure and in earlier written testimony urged the FPPC to adopt broader standards, some of which were incorporated before the vote.