- Jan 31, 2012
Today, the Campaign Legal Center, urged Senators to support passage of a public corruption amendment to the “Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act” (STOCK Act) which prohibits congressional insider trading. The bipartisan amendment (1483) has bicameral support and contains the key provisions of the “Public Corruption Prosecution Improvements Act,” sponsored by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and John Cornyn (R-TX). These provisions to update the illegal gratuities and honest services statutes have already passed out of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees and have bipartisan support in the U.S. House of Representatives. The letter sent to every Senator also urges them to oppose any amendments to weaken the legislation.
- Jan 27, 2012
Today, the Campaign Legal Center, and a coalition of reform groups, urged the Senate to vote in favor of the “Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act” (STOCK Act) when it is brought to the floor for a vote next week. The letter sent to every Senator also urges them to oppose any amendments to weaken the legislation.
- Jan 12, 2012
Today, the Campaign Legal Center and a broad coalition of civic organizations launched a petition – following a process set up by the White House – to pressure President Obama to get off the sidelines by appointing new commissioners to the Federal Election Commission (FEC). The administration has promised to respond to petitions receiving at least 25,000 signatures.
Supreme Court Upholds Ban on Campaign Contributions and Independent Expenditures by Foreign NationalsJan 9, 2012
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court summarily affirmed a ruling by a three-judge district court in Bluman v. Federal Election Commission which had upheld the federal ban on campaign contributions and independent expenditures by foreign nationals temporarily residing in the United States.
- Dec 15, 2011
Today, the Campaign Legal Center filed an amicus brief to support Florida’s “electioneering communications” disclosure law with the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in National Organization for Marriage (NOM) v. Browning. The case is the latest in a string of challenges to disclosure laws across the country.
FEC Complaint Filed Against Perry Campaign and Perry-Supporting Super PAC Urging Investigation of Shared Video FootageDec 15, 2011
Today the Campaign Legal Center, together with Democracy 21, will file acomplaint urging the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to investigate possible violations of campaign finance law by presidential candidate Rick Perry’s campaign committee, RickPerry.org, and the Perry-supporting Super PAC Make Us Great Again.
IRS: Crossroads GPS, Americans Elect, Other Groups Continue to Abuse Tax Laws to Shield Donors: Campaign Legal Center & Democracy 21 Provide Further Evidence and Urge IRS ActionDec 14, 2011
The Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21 today provided additional materials to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), supplementing previous submissions regarding several controversial organizations that appear to be in clear violation of their tax status as 501(c)(4) “social welfare” organizations. Today’s letter to the IRS backs up an earlier request that the agency investigate Crossroads GPS, the American Action Network, Americans Elect and Priorities USA.
U.S. Senate: CLC Urges Senate Committee to Pass Strong Ban on Congressional Insider Trading at Tomorrow’s MarkupDec 13, 2011
Today, the Campaign Legal Center, and a coalition of reform groups, urged the Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Government Affairs to pass a strong version of a bill banning congressional insider trading at its markup of the legislation tomorrow. The “Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act” (STOCK Act) has seen a groundswell of congressional support in the wake of a scathing CBS News “60 Minutes” piece on congressional insider trading last month.
U.S. House: On Insider Trading, Reformers Urge House Leadership Not to Ignore Majority of House MembersDec 9, 2011
Today, the Campaign Legal Center, and a coalition of reform groups, called on the Speaker of the House and the House Majority Leader to heed calls from a majority of the colleagues to pass legislation to curb congressional insider trading.
House Majority Leader Defies Public Outrage & Member Support for Congressional Insider Trading Ban: Statement of Meredith McGehee, Policy DirectorDec 8, 2011
The abrupt cancellation of the House Judiciary Committee’s markup of the STOCK Act is a slap in the face to the American people. The move by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor comes on the same day that a majority of House Members have co-sponsored the legislation. Once again, congressional leadership is putting its own interests above those of citizens.