- May 16, 2011
Today, in a 2-1 opinion, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed that Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL) was unlikely to prevail in its challenge to Minnesota’s comprehensive disclosure requirements for independent expenditures and the state restriction on direct corporate contributions to state candidates and political parties.
White House: Broad Coalition Urges Prompt Action by President Obama on Draft Executive Order to Reveal Secret Political Spending by Government ContractorsMay 4, 2011
On Wednesday, May 4, 2011 groups representing more than 30 organizations held a press conference on Capitol Hill in support of a draft White House executive order to require disclosure of secret political spending by government contractors. The organizations urged President Obama to promptly sign the executive order and unveiled a citizens’ petition and letter to be delivered to the White House.
- Apr 25, 2011
Today, the Campaign Legal Center joined a number of organizations in urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to hold broadcasters accountable for using publicly-owned spectrum effectively and to gauge any adverse public impacts from broadcast service losses resulting from spectrum repurposing.
Ensign’s Resignation Must Not be the End of the Affair: Statement of Meredith McGehee, Campaign Legal Center Policy DirectorApr 22, 2011
Senator John Ensign is right to resign. His conduct was reprehensible. The problem, of course, is that these shenanigans were not simply Senator Ensign’s private affairs, but were entangled in his official position and the operations of his Senate office and included apparent violations of revolving door rules. Certainly, the standards of behavior he set did not reflect creditably on the institution, and his resignation is welcome and overdue.
- Apr 21, 2011
Today, Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) filed a lawsuit against the Federal Election Commission in federal district court in Washington, DC, challenging an FEC regulation that has improperly narrowed the scope of McCain-Feingold law disclosure requirements and allowed nonprofit 501(c)(4) advocacy groups, 501(c)(6) business associations, and others to spend millions on “electioneering communication” while keeping secret the donors whose funds are used to pay for the ads.
U.S. House: Reform Groups Press Ethics Committee to Resume Work on Unresolved Case of Rep. Maxine WatersMar 23, 2011
Today, the Campaign Legal Center joined with a coalition of reform groups to urge the House ethics committee to resume its work on the pending investigation of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) and provide the public with an accounting of the status of the case.
White House: Reform Groups Urge President Obama to Fill 5 Expired FEC Slots with Commissioners Who Will Enforce the LawMar 15, 2011
Today, the Campaign Legal Center joined with a coalition of reform groups to urge President Obama to move quickly to fill the expired commission slots at the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and end a “national campaign finance scandal” where the enforcement agency has refused to enforce campaign finance laws. The organizations asked the President to break from the longstanding but problematic practice of the White House simply nominating those individuals recommended by Senate leaders from each party.
How Presumed Presidential Candidates Skirt Contribution Limits & the FEC Turns a Blind Eye: Legal Center Releases White PaperMar 4, 2011
Today the Campaign Legal Center released a white paper taking an in-depth look at the legal issues surrounding likely 2012 presidential candidates, who so far are calling themselves anything but that. The white paper looks at what the laws are, which ones are actually enforced, when the $2,500 limit contribution limits kick in and how state committees and federal leadership PACs are used to skirt that limit. Finally the paper makes recommendations about what can be done to close this long-existing loophole in federal campaign finance law
U.S. Senate: CLC & Reform Groups Urge Senate Democratic Leaders to Defeat Effort to Use FY 11 Spending Bill to Kill Presidential Public Financing SystemFeb 24, 2011
On Thursday, February 24, the Campaign Legal Center, along with ten other reform groups, sent a letter urging Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Senate Democratic Conference Vice Chair Charles Schumer (D-NY) to “exercise your Senate leadership positions to take all steps necessary to defeat any effort by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell or any other Senator to kill the presidential public financing system by attaching an amendment to the FY 11 Spending Bill.”
Legal Center Coordinates Broad Range of Amici in Supreme Court Defense of Arizona Public Financing SystemFeb 23, 2011
A broad range of individuals and organizations – from organized labor and the Committee for Economic Development to former Wyoming Republican Senator Alan Simpson and Connecticut Democratic Senate candidate Ned Lamont - has filed amici briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of Arizona’s public financing program for state electoral campaigns. The Campaign Legal Center served as coordinator of amici in the case McComish v. Bennett in addition to filing its own brief with Democracy 21 and six other public interest groups.