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.
IRS: Crossroads GPS, Americans Elect, Other Groups Continue to Abuse Tax Laws to Shield Donors: Campaign Legal Center & Democracy 21 Provide Further Evidence and Urge IRS ActionDec 14, 2011
The Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21 today provided additional materials to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), supplementing previous submissions regarding several controversial organizations that appear to be in clear violation of their tax status as 501(c)(4) “social welfare” organizations. Today’s letter to the IRS backs up an earlier request that the agency investigate Crossroads GPS, the American Action Network, Americans Elect and Priorities USA.
U.S. Senate: CLC Urges Senate Committee to Pass Strong Ban on Congressional Insider Trading at Tomorrow’s MarkupDec 13, 2011
Today, the Campaign Legal Center, and a coalition of reform groups, urged the Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Government Affairs to pass a strong version of a bill banning congressional insider trading at its markup of the legislation tomorrow. The “Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act” (STOCK Act) has seen a groundswell of congressional support in the wake of a scathing CBS News “60 Minutes” piece on congressional insider trading last month.
U.S. House: On Insider Trading, Reformers Urge House Leadership Not to Ignore Majority of House MembersDec 9, 2011
Today, the Campaign Legal Center, and a coalition of reform groups, called on the Speaker of the House and the House Majority Leader to heed calls from a majority of the colleagues to pass legislation to curb congressional insider trading.
House Majority Leader Defies Public Outrage & Member Support for Congressional Insider Trading Ban: Statement of Meredith McGehee, Policy DirectorDec 8, 2011
The abrupt cancellation of the House Judiciary Committee’s markup of the STOCK Act is a slap in the face to the American people. The move by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor comes on the same day that a majority of House Members have co-sponsored the legislation. Once again, congressional leadership is putting its own interests above those of citizens.
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.