Supreme Court Grants North Carolina’s Application to Delay Redrawing of Electoral Maps, Putting Fair Elections in North Carolina in Jeopardy For 2018 ElectionJan 18, 2018
Today,the U.S. Supreme Court said North Carolina does not have to redraw its congressional voting maps by January 29, as a federal district court had ordered on January 9 when it struck down the 2016 map as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander.
Complaint: Campaign Staffer Illegally Using Late Congressman’s Leftover Campaign Funds to Pay Himself a Large Salary, Nearly 18 Months After Congressman Leaves OfficeJan 18, 2018
After a Member of Congress leaves office, their campaign committee may legally donate leftover funds to charity, transfer funds to their party, make contributions to other candidates, or pay for the costs of winding-down their campaign or closing their office, which FEC regulations anticipate should take about six months. Yet nearly eighteen months after Takai’s passing, his campaign committee appears to be doing little else besides providing Beesley a source of income.
Lawsuit: Unlawful Delay by FEC to Resolve CLC Complaint Against Private Prison Company Threatens Integrity of Government Contracting ProcessJan 10, 2018
CLC filed a lawsuit against the FEC over its unlawful delay in enforcing federal law against GEO Group, one of America’s largest private prison companies.
Federal Court Strikes Down North Carolina Congressional Plan as Unconstitutional Partisan GerrymanderJan 9, 2018
A federal three-judge panel for North Carolina’s Middle District has struck down North Carolina’s 2016 congressional plan as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander.
- Jan 4, 2018
Commission Never Planned to Address Real Problems in Our Democracy
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump signed an executive order dissolving the controversial Presidential Commission on Election Integrity (also known as the Pence-Kobach Commission), which Campaign Legal Center has strongly opposed as nothing more than a forum to undermine citizens’ right to vote. The administration has directed the Department of Homeland Security to review the commission’s initial findings and determine the next course of action.
- Jan 4, 2018
Unnamed donors who funneled nearly two million dollars through a series of entities to a super PAC in an effort to keep their names off the contribution should not be allowed to remain anonymous, according to a motion to intervene filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) in Doe v. FEC. Campaign Legal Center (CLC) serves as co-counsel in the case.
- Dec 15, 2017
Reports have indicated that the final tax bill will not include a repeal of the Johnson Amendment, a change that would have allowed charitable organizations organized as 501(c)3 nonprofits to engage in political campaigns on behalf of (or in opposition to) candidates for public office.
Brendan Fischer, director, federal and FEC reform at Campaign Legal Center (CLC) released the following statement:
“There is no reason that secretive billionaires should get a tax deduction for their dark money political contributions, and we are glad that this provision was stripped from the final bill. The outpouring of opposition to the rollback from voters, faith leaders, the nonprofit community, and transparency advocates stopped this ill-advised provision for now. But big money political donors still want a tax break for their secret contributions and we must remain vigilant so that similar language is not included in future legislation.”
- Dec 15, 2017
WASHINGTON – Walter Shaub, senior director, ethics at the Campaign Legal Center (CLC) warned the administration, its surrogates, and its allies to back off their attempt to undermine the investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. President Trump’s lawyer, Jay Sekulow, has publicly called for a second special counsel in a transparent effort to muddy the waters and impede Mueller’s investigation. In response, Shaub gave the following statement:
“The coordinated effort by President Trump and his surrogates to discredit the Mueller investigation raises serious alarms. Rather than making themselves complicit in this assault on the rule of law, Members of Congress should send a clear message to the President that firing Mueller is a red line he must not cross.”
- Dec 14, 2017
Today, for the first time, the FEC agreed that Facebook political ads must include disclaimers stating who paid for them, in response to an advisory opinion request that CLC filed on behalf of Take Back Action Fund.
- Dec 11, 2017
The hack and release of sensitive personal information of donors and campaign staff is potentially damaging to all those who seek to be involved in the political process, regardless of political affiliation.