Oklahoma: CLC Refutes Anti-Disclosure Group Misinformation Pushed on State Officials Urging Unnecessary Repeals of LawsDec 2, 2010
In Oklahoma this week the Campaign Legal Center stepped in to refute gross mischaracterizations of campaign finance law being leveraged by an anti-disclosure group in urging the repeal of a number of existing state political committee disclosure laws in the wake of recent court decisions.
Groups from Across Political Spectrum Urge Congress to Save Office of Congressional Ethics at Capitol Hill Event: Statement of Meredith McGehee, Policy DirectorDec 2, 2010
At a Capitol Hill press conference this morning a coalition of 10 groups, including the Campaign Legal Center, Judicial Watch, Taxpayers for Common Sense, National Taxpayers Union and a number of reform groups urged the incoming House leadership of the 112th Congress to continue the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) and to oppose any efforts to weaken or undermine the office.
Supreme Court Accepts Challenge to Arizona Public Financing Law: Statement of The Campaign Legal Center & Democracy 21Nov 29, 2010
While it is potentially problematic any time the activist Roberts Court takes on a campaign finance case, the issues before the Court in the Arizona public financing case (McComish v Bennett) are narrow.
- Nov 24, 2010
Today’s verdict was an important victory for our democracy. It proves that even highly placed government officials are accountable for their violations of law. Our campaign finance laws are important to our system of self-government, and laundering money in an attempt to evade those laws undermines our democratic process. In moving money around in order to use illegal corporate funds to elect candidates in Texas, Tom DeLay displayed a startling contempt for our laws and our democratic process. Initially, he even bragged about what he had done. He should be punished accordingly.
- Nov 18, 2010
Today the Campaign Legal Center and other reform groups urged Members of Congress to co-sponsor and push for passage of the “Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act” (STOCK Act) designed to prevent congressional insider trading. In separate letters to the full House and Senate the groups encouraged Members you to join as co-sponsors and help pass the STOCK Act expeditiously. In the House the STOCK Act (H.R. 1148) was introduced by Reps. Timothy Walz (D-MN) and Louise Slaughter (D-NY). A companion bill (S. 1871) has been introduced the Senate side Sens. Scott Brown (R-MA) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) and another is expected shortly from Sen. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).
- Nov 18, 2010
At a press conference this morning in front of the U.S. Capitol, six reform groups called on Congress to pass a ‘disclosure only’ version of the DISCLOSE Act during the ‘lame duck’ session of the 111th Congress. Such a stripped-down bill would take away the issues that drew criticism from opponents of the legislation. At the event Public Citizen also unveiled a new study of the significant drop in donor disclosure by outside groups during the 2010 election cycle.
- Nov 8, 2010
Right through to Election Day, confusion reigned among the public and the press about the rules governing the estimated $4 billion-plus that was spent on the 2010 federal races.
- Nov 1, 2010Today, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to grant certiorari in SpeechNow.org v. FEC, allowing a decision of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to stand which had upheld the comprehensive disclosure requirements applicable to SpeechNow.org and other federal political committees. SpeechNow.org had argued that committees making only independent expenditures, now known as “Super-PACs,” should be exempted from these disclosure requirements based on its claim that these requirements served no legitimate governmental purpose.
- Oct 19, 2010
On October 18, 2010, the Campaign Legal Center, along with Democracy 21, filed an amici brief in Real Truth About Obama (RTAO) v. FEC to defend FEC rules that establish when a political organization must register as a federal “political committee” and abide by comprehensive federal disclosure requirements.
- Oct 15, 2010
As Staff Director of the Office of Congressional Ethics, Leo Wise served the House with distinction and deserves great credit for putting the OCE on the right track from the beginning. His unwavering commitment to fair and impartial investigations brought new credibility to an ethics process in Congress that had come unhinged and frankly had become a public laughingstock.