- Sep 21, 2011
Today, the Campaign Legal Center filed an amicus brief in Texas Democratic Party, et al. v. King Street Patriots, et al. to defend the constitutionality of Texas’s campaign finance laws.
U.S. Senate: Reform Groups Urge Chairman Durbin to Stave Off Attempts to Repeal or Defund Presidential Public Financing SystemSep 12, 2011
Today reform groups asked Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, to fight efforts to terminate or defund the presidential public financing system. The letter praised Sen. Durbin’s leadership on public financing issues and asked that he continue to guard against efforts to do away with the system like those already introduced this year or that will likely come up going forward in the appropriations process.
U.S. House: Reform Groups Call for Action on Legislation to Allow Prosecutors to Combat Public CorruptionSep 7, 2011
Today reform groups urged a House Judiciary subcommittee to hold hearings on the “Clean Up Government Act of 2011” (H.R. 2572), legislation that would provide critically needed amendments to the federal criminal statutes to hold public officials accountable for a broad range of corrupt practices. The letter to the Chair and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security emphasizes the critical need for updates to these statutes in the wake of a series of court decisions that have drastically undermined prosecutors’ ability to address a broad swath of public corruption.
FEC and DOJ: FEC & DOJ Asked to Investigate More “Straw Companies” Making Million Dollar Contributions to Romney-linked “Super PAC”Aug 11, 2011
Today, the Campaign Legal Center, with Democracy 21, will urge the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate more possible violations of campaign finance law by companies that appear to have been utilized to hide the identity of $1 million contributors to Restore Our Future, a Super PAC operated by former Mitt Romney campaign staffers. Today’s complaints come on the heels of a complaint filed last Friday by the Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21 against another $1 million mystery donor to Restore Our Future, W Spann LLC. Shortly after Friday’s filing, the true donor behind W Spann LLC came forward.
- Aug 10, 2011
The American Bar Association’s (ABA) House of Delegates yesterday passed a resolution urging the Congress to amend and strengthen the Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA). The resolution, which passed without opposition, urges a narrowing of the reporting threshold (currently 20%), requiring disclosure of “lobbying support” activities by strategists, pollsters, and “grass tops” firms paid as part of lobbying campaigns, prohibiting fundraising by lobbyists for Members of Congress they lobby, and transferring authority to enforce the LDA to a suitable administrative authority.
Prodded By Campaign Legal Center Complaint Filed With FEC and DOJ, Mystery Million Dollar Donor to Romney-Supporting Super PAC Comes ForwardAug 6, 2011
Yesterday the Campaign Legal Center, together with Democracy 21, filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), and also sent the complaint to the Department of Justice (DOJ), urging investigation of a fly-by-night company called W Spann LLC, which was created in March, contributed $1 million to the Romney-supporting Super PAC Restore Our Future in April and then dissolved in July.
FEC: Complaint Filed Against Apparent “Straw Company” that Gave $1 million to Romney-linked “Super PAC”Aug 5, 2011
Today, the Campaign Legal Center, with Democracy 21, will urge the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate possible violations of campaign finance law by a company that appears to have been created for the purpose of funneling $1 million to a Super PAC operated by former Mitt Romney campaign staffers.
- Aug 4, 2011
Today the Public Interest Public Airwaves Coalition wrote to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chair Julius Genachowski strongly urging the Commission to take action to implement the modernized disclosure recommendations in its recent comprehensive report, The Information Needs of Communities (“INOC”).
Campaign Legal Center & Democracy 21 Urge IRS to Issue New Regulations to Enforce the Statutory Limits on Campaign Activity by Section 501(c)(4) OrganizationsJul 27, 2011
Today, the Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21 filed a petition with the Internal Revenue Service, arguing that existing IRS regulations permit section 501(c)(4) groups to make far more campaign expenditures than is allowed by the Internal Revenue Code and requesting that the IRS issue new regulations that better enforce the law.
Rep. Watt’s Attempt to Gut Office of Congressional Ethics Fails: Statement of Meredith McGehee, Policy DirectorJul 22, 2011
It is a sad commentary that almost one third of the House followed the lead of Rep. Mel Watt (D-MC) and voted to eviscerate the budget of the only functioning element of the House ethics process. The Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) should be strengthened, not weakened and no further proof of that is needed than the Ethics Committee’s completely inept handling of the investigation of Representative Maxine Waters.