- Nov 7, 2017
System has disenfranchised at least 26,000 eligible voters in Maricopa County alone
WASHINGTON – Today, Campaign Legal Center (CLC), the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and private co-counsel filed a federal lawsuit challenging Arizona’s overly burdensome and confusing voter registration process that has disenfranchised 26,000 voters in Maricopa County alone. Maricopa is the largest county in Arizona.
The Arizona law requires eligible voters to attach specific documents such as a birth certificate to registration forms if they want to vote in state elections. However, federal law requires Arizona to accept federal registration forms, which permit an applicant to swear, under penalty of perjury, to their citizenship, at least for federal elections.
- Nov 3, 2017
The Superior Court of the State of Washington for King County issued an opinion finding that the city’s pioneering public financing system is a valid tool for the city government to foster citizen involvement in elections, which is a goal “vital to a self-governing people.”
- Oct 30, 2017
Today, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke violated campaign finance law by failing to report tens of thousands of dollars of contributions received and for using campaign funds for the personal benefit of himself and his family.
Zinke failed to report the identity of multiple individuals who contributed thousands of dollars to his campaign through a joint fundraising committee, potentially concealing contributions in excess of federal limits.
Fact Check: Sarah Sanders Inaccurately States Law Regarding Campaigns’ Ability to Finance Opposition ResearchOct 30, 2017
Opposition research is a central element of modern political campaigning. Candidates from both parties legally pay millions of dollars every cycle for opposition research. However, if a campaign solicits or accepts opposition research without paying for it, the value of that research constitutes a solicitation for, or an in-kind contribution to, the campaign.
- Oct 27, 2017
Today, CLC filed a complaint with the FEC alleging former Congressman Cliff Stearns (FL-06) has illegally converted leftover campaign funds to personal use, in violation of the prohibition against current and former candidates misusing campaign funds.
- 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.