White House: Congressional Support for Proposed Executive Order for Transparency of Secret Campaign Spending by Government ContractorsJun 3, 2011
Today a coalition of reform groups hailed Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), Michael Capuano (D-Mass.), and 23 other Members, who wrote a letter to President Obama expressing their strong support for the April 13 draft executive order to require full disclosure of campaign spending and contributions by business entities that seek federal government contracts.
- May 27, 2011
In a clearly erroneous ruling, a federal district court in Virginia yesterday declared unconstitutional the federal restriction on direct corporate contributions to candidates and political parties. This decision in effect attempts to overrule a standing Supreme Court precedent, FEC v. Beaumont, which upheld the same federal corporate contribution ban eight years ago.
FEC Urged to Deny Stephen Colbert’s Request to Expand ‘Press Exemption’ in Comments Filed by Campaign Legal Center & Democracy 21May 27, 2011
The Campaign Legal Center, together with Democracy 21, today urged the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to deny a request by comedian Stephen Colbert to significantly expand the so-called “press-exemption” to a number of federal election laws. The two organizations filed comments with the FEC in response to an advisory opinion request by Mr. Colbert seeking the FEC’s opinion as to whether the Viacom corporation, which owns, produces and distributes his television show, The Colbert Report, may pay for a variety of expenses of his Colbert Super PAC without disclosing any of the expenses as in-kind contributions to the PAC under the “press exemption.”
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.