U.S. Congress: Insider Trading Regs Covering Congress Insufficient - STOCK Act Should Not be Derailed By Congressional Heel-DraggersDec 6, 2011
Today, the Campaign Legal Center, and a coalition of reform groups, called again for a ban on congressional insider trading as the House Financial Services Committee held a hearing downplaying the need for the legislation. In a letter to both houses of Congress, the groups urged Members to quickly enact legislation to ban the practice.
Today, the Campaign Legal Center, and a coalition of reform groups, renewed its call for a ban congressional insider trading and urged the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee to quickly move legislation forward to the full Senate. The Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing this afternoon on the topic and a letter from the groups in support of the legislation to curb the practice was entered into the committee record.
U.S. House: CLC Applauds “Clean Up Government Act” Unanimous Committee Vote: Statement of Meredith McGehee, Policy Director
Today, the House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed the “Clean Up Government Act of 2011” (H.R. 2572). The legislation would restore important tools for federal prosecutors fighting public corruption – specifically revisions to the Honest Services and illegal gratuities statutes – that have gradually been pared away by adverse court decisions. A companion measure has been reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee and is awaiting full Senate action.
FEC Deadlocks, Refusing to Grant Permission to American Crossroads to Run “Fully Coordinated” Ads With Candidates
The Federal Election Commission today voted to a 3-3 deadlock in response to an advisory opinion request from Super PAC American Crossroads for permission to “fully coordinate” ads with candidates, using unlimited corporate and individual contributions, without those ads being considered prohibited “coordinated expenditures.”
U.S. House: Judiciary Committee Urged to Pass Bill Tomorrow to Help Prosecutors Battle Public CorruptionNov 30, 2011
Today, the Campaign Legal Center and a coalition of reform groups called on the House Judiciary Committee to pass the bipartisan “Clean Up Government Act of 2011” (H.R. 2572) at a markup tomorrow. This legislation would restore important tools for federal prosecutors fighting public corruption – specifically revisions to the Honest Services and illegal gratuities statutes – that have gradually been pared away by adverse court decisions.
U.S. House: House Urged to Vote Down Effort to Repeal Presidential Public Financing System and Terminate Election Assistance CommissionNov 30, 2011
Today a coalition of reform groups urged the full U.S. House of Representatives to vote against legislation to repeal the presidential public financing system and terminate the Election Assistance Commission by folding its responsibilities into the horribly dysfunctional Federal Election Commission.
FEC Urged to Reject Super PAC American Crossroads’ Request for Permission to Coordinate Ads with CandidatesNov 14, 2011
The Campaign Legal Center, together with Democracy 21, filed comments today with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), urging the Commission to reject a request from the Super PAC American Crossroads for permission to fully coordinate campaign ads with candidates despite clear laws prohibiting Super PACs from making expenditures coordinated with candidates.
FEC Urged to Reject Senator Lee’s Attempt to Create a “Super Leadership PAC” in Comments Filed Campaign Legal Center & Democracy 21Nov 3, 2011
Today the Campaign Legal Center, together with Democracy 21, filed commentswith the Federal Election Commission (FEC), urging the Commission to reject an advisory opinion request submitted by the Constitutional Conservatives Fund PAC (“CCF”), Senator Michael Shumway Lee’s (R-UT) Leadership PAC seeking to fundraise in a manner clearly prohibited by existing law.
White House & U.S. House: CLC Calls for FEC Overhaul, Submits Congressional Testimony on Dysfunctional AgencyNov 3, 2011
Today, the Campaign Legal and a group of reform organizations urged President Obama to break the gridlock at the Federal Election Commission by nominating new commissioners and in congressional testimony urged the complete overhaul of the dysfunctional enforcement agency.
Campaign Legal Center & Democracy 21 File Brief in Real Truth About Obama’s Continuing Bid to Overturn Donor Disclosure RequirementsOct 27, 2011
Today, the Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21 filed an amici brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in The Real Truth About Obama (RTAO) v. FEC. This case currently concerns the much-contested “subpart (b)” definition of “expressly advocating” (11 C.F.R. § 100.22(b)), as well as the FEC’s methodology for determining when a group has campaign activity as its “major purpose,” an important step in the larger determination of political committee status.