U.S. Congress: CLC & Democracy 21 Inform Members of Congress it is Illegal for Them to Solicit Unlimited Contributions for a Super PACMay 25, 2011
In a letter sent today to members of Congress, Campaign Legal Center President Trevor Potter and Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer informed Senators and Representatives that it would be a violation of law for a Member to solicit unlimited contributions for a Super PAC.
FEC Should Decisively Reject Request to Allow Soft Money Solicitations by Federal Officeholders, Candidates and Party Officials: Statement of Paul S. Ryan, FEC Program DirectorMay 20, 2011
Coming on the heels of an announcement by James Bopp, a member of the Republican National Committee, that he is establishing a new Republican Super Pac and will be asking party officials and candidates to solicit for it, comes the news that two Democratic Super PACs have filed an Advisory Opinion Request with the FEC seeking confirmation that such solicitations are permissible. The FEC should do its duty and make very clear that candidate and party solicitations of unlimited amounts of individual funds, and solicitations of corporate and labor funds in any amount, constitute a violation of federal law (specifically of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act) .
Legality of Proposed Soft Money Activities by RNC Shadow Group Challenged by Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21May 17, 2011
Statement of Trevor Potter, President of Campaign Legal Center and former FEC Chairman and Fred Wertheimer, President of Democracy 21
- 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.