FEC Urged to Require Registration for Obvious Political Committee in Filing by Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21Mar 22, 2012
The Campaign Legal Center, together with Democracy 21, filed comments today with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), urging the Commission to advise the organization ‘Free Speech’ that if it engages in its proposed activities it will have no choice but to register and report as a political committee.
IRS: CLC & Democracy 21 Call on IRS to Establish Bright-Line Standard for 501(c)(4) Tax-Exempt StatusMar 22, 2012
In a letter sent today to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21 called on the agency to promptly initiate a rulemaking proceeding to revise and clarify its regulations that spell out how much candidate campaign activity 501(c)(4) “social welfare” organizations can engage in under the Internal Revenue Code.
Reform Groups Urge Senators to Support and Promptly Pass the DISCLOSE Act Introduced Today by Senator WhitehousMar 21, 2012
Our organizations support the DISCLOSE Act introduced today by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and a number of other Senators. We strongly urge Senators to promptly consider and pass this essential campaign finance disclosure legislation.
Senate Accepts Weaker House STOCK Act, Drops Other Reforms: Statement of Meredith McGehee, Policy DirectorMar 20, 2012
Majority Leader Reid's decision to have the Senate pass the House version of the STOCK Act is disappointing and snatches away a critical opportunity to strengthen ethics laws for public officials and bring some oversight to those who mine the halls of Congress for “political intelligence” investors.
- Mar 13, 2012
Nine government watchdog organizations today asked Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich, as well as President Barack Obama, to reveal more details about fundraisers for their presidential campaigns who "bundle" contributions in amounts greatly exceeding what they're permitted to contribute on their own.
IRS: Watchdog Groups Call on IRS to Ignore Efforts to Curb Eligibility Investigations of Political Groups Utilizing Tax-Exempt Status as 501(c)(4) “Social Welfare” GroupsMar 9, 2012
In a letter sent to the IRS today, the Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21 called on the agency to ignore any “pushback” against IRS investigations that are necessary to determine whether groups are attempting to improperly claim tax exempt status as 501(c)(4) “social welfare” organizations.
U.S. Senate: Anti-Corruption Provisions Should be Restored to STOCK Act in Conference, Legal Center, Reformers Tell Majority Leader ReidMar 6, 2012
Today, the Campaign Legal Center and other reform groups urged Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to insist on a STOCK Act conference to restore key anti-corruption provisions to the legislation that were stripped out of the House version.
White House: CLC, Reformers and More Than 25,000 Americans Call on President Obama to Replace Lame Duck FEC CommissionersFeb 28, 2012
More than 25,000 Americans have now joined the Legal Center and other reform groups in calling on President Barack Obama to nominate new Commissioners to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) through the White House petition process. In a letter sent to the White House Today, the Campaign Legal Center and 11 other groups called on the President act on the petition and meet his own 2008 campaign commitment to appoint FEC Commissioners committed to enforcing U.S. election laws.
- Feb 27, 2012
Today, the Campaign Legal Center filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) over apparent illegal in-kind contributions made by Restore Our Future, Inc. to presidential candidate Mitt Romney. According to multiple press reports, the Romney-linked Super PAC is paying to air television advertisements originally produced and aired by Romney’s unsuccessful 2008 presidential campaign. Such an action would constitute a violation of the law.
Double-Duty Donors, Part II: Large Numbers of Wealthy Donors Hit Legal Limit on Giving to Candidates, Turn to Presidential Super PACs in Continuing TrendFeb 21, 2012
Super PACs supporting presidential candidates continue to take in six- and seven-figure contributions from individuals who also have given the legal maximum to the candidate's campaign committee.