Elite Donors Do Double Duty: Presidential Super PACs Attract Wealthy Donors Who Have Maxed Out to CandidatesOct 4, 2011
During the second quarter of 2011, more than 50 individuals donated the legal maximum to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and also dug into their pockets deeper and made additional contributions to Restore Our Future, a candidate-specific Super PAC formed to promote Romney's campaign for president.
IRS: Challenge to Tax Exempt Status of Crossroads GPS, Priorities USA, American Action Network and Americans Elect, Issued by Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21Sep 28, 2011
The Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21 sent a letter today to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) challenging the eligibility of four organizations engaged in campaign activity to be treated as 501(c)(4) tax exempt organizations.
- 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”).