U.S. House: CLC, Reformers Call for Bipartisan Cosponsors for Stripped-Down Disclosure Legislation – DISCLOSE 2012Feb 15, 2012
Today, the Campaign Legal Center, and a coalition of reform groups, called on House Members to cosponsor the DISCLOSE 2012 Act (H.R. 4010), a measure that seeks to ensure that voters know where the funding originates for hundreds of millions of dollars in secret political spending. The legislation, introduced by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), is a stripped-down version of DISCLOSE Act focused solely on disclosure provisions.
U.S. Senate: Broad Coalition Calls for Senate Hearings on Corporate Governance Solutions in Wake of Citizens UnitedFeb 14, 2012
Today, the Campaign Legal Center, as part of a broad coalition of organizations, called on the Senate Banking Committee to hold hearings on the need to increase corporate disclosure and accountability to shareholders with relation to corporate political spending in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.
New DISCLOSE Act Merits Bipartisan Support: Statement of Meredith McGehee, Legal Center Policy DirectorFeb 10, 2012
The new DISCLOSE Act of 2012 introduced yesterday by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) is a serious measure that merits bipartisan support. By stripping out provisions that in the last Congress gave cover to those who oppose transparency, Rep. Van Hollen has presented the 112th Congress with a strong measure that both Democrats and Republicans should support, regardless of the partisan messaging that accompanied its introduction.
- Feb 6, 2012
In three separate letters today, the Campaign Legal Center and other reform groups urged the House pass the “Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge” (STOCK) Act, banning congressional insider trading, and emphasized the importance of retaining anti-public corruption measures from the Senate version of the bill passed last week.
Senate Passage of STOCK Act Marks Important, But Initial, Step: Statement of Meredith McGehee, Policy DirectorFeb 3, 2012
“Last night’s Senate passage of the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act represents a strong step forward on several important ethical issues. Senators who voted for passage are to be commended. It is now up to the House leadership to ensure that the legislation is not watered down or scuttled."
- 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.
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.