- Feb 16, 2011
Today, the Campaign Legal Center joined with a coalition of reform groups in calling for Congressional hearings into the systemic failings of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and its failure to fulfill many of its basic statutory responsibilities to enforce existing campaign finance laws.
U.S. House: Reformers Call on Representatives to Oppose Amendments to Kill Presidential Public Financing System in Spending BillFeb 15, 2011
Today, the Campaign Legal Center joined with a coalition of reform groups to urge Members of the U.S. House of Representatives to vote against any amendments to the FY 2011 spending bill (H.R. 1) that would restrict funding to implement the presidential public financing system or the presidential tax check-off.
- Feb 8, 2011
On February 7th, 2011, the Campaign Legal Center joined with a coalition of reform groups to urge the Senate to vote against a bill to repeal the Presidential Public Financing System. In a letter to every Member of the U.S. Senate, the 10 groups emphasized that the highly successful 35-year-old program should strengthened and updated rather than scuttled.
Redistricting Reform Bills Target Systemic Abuse, Deserve Hearings: Statement of Meredith McGehee, Campaign Legal Center Policy DirectorJan 26, 2011
Already in 2011, politicians and their minions are retreating behind closed doors to begin the gerrymandering process -- handpicking their voters instead of the other way around. Today, Representatives Heath Shuler (D-NC) and Jim Cooper (D-TN) are to be commended for introducing bills to drag the redistricting process out of the backrooms and into the light of day.
House Votes to Repeal Presidential Public Financing: Statement of Meredith McGehee, Campaign Legal Center Policy DirectorJan 26, 2011
Today’s vote to repeal the Presidential Public Financing system is a setback for our democratic process, upping the opening bids for special interests seeking to elect a President willing to do their bidding. The creation of the presidential public financing system stems directly from the scandals of the Nixon White House. The investigation of the Watergate break-in led to the discovery of secret slush funds and literal bags of money solicited and disbursed by President Richard Nixon’s White House. That is not an era to which we want to return yet in essence that is what a ‘yes’ vote today is inviting. Today’s vote was a vote of the party of Nixon, not the party of Lincoln and certainly not the party of Teddy Roosevelt.
U.S. House: CLC, Reformers Urge House Members to Vote Against Bill to Repeal Presidential Public FinancingJan 24, 2011
Today the Campaign Legal Center strongly urged Members of the U.S. House of Representatives to vote against H.R. 359 a bill to repeal the Presidential Public Financing System. In a separate letter the Legal Center joined with nine other reform groups in opposition to the legislation.
Tom DeLay Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison: Statement of J. Gerald Hebert, Campaign Legal Center Executive DirectorJan 10, 2011
Today's sentencing of disgraced former Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) is a resounding victory for those who want to see public officials held accountable for their misdeeds. His conviction and sentencing proves that he was not a victim of the "criminalization of politics" as he claimed in August when the Department of Justice (DOJ) ended its six-year investigation of him.
Office of Congressional Ethics to Continue in 112th Congress: Statement of J. Gerald Hebert, Campaign Legal Center Executive DirectorDec 23, 2010
We commend Speaker-designee John Boehner (R-OH) for including the continuation of the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) in the draft of the operating rules for the House for the 112th Congress. The OCE has faced opposition and criticism from Members from both parties because it has brought a degree of transparency and accountability to the House ethics process that had long been missing.
- Dec 22, 2010
Today, the Campaign Legal Center, along with Democracy 21, filed an amici brief with the Eighth Circuit in Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL) v. Swanson. In the suit, the plaintiffs rely on the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Citizens United v. FEC to attack Minnesota’s restriction on corporate contributions to state candidates and political parties, and its state disclosure requirements for corporate independent expenditures.
U.S. House: Reformers Call on Speaker-designee Boehner to Maintain Strong Ethics Rules & OCE Established in 110th CongressDec 21, 2010
Today reform groups called on Speaker-designee John Boehner (R-OH) to preserve and strengthen the strong new rules adopted by the House in 2007, including the creation of the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE). The new rules were instituted in response to a series of high-profile scandals involving Members and their staffs and the letter stressed that the rules and the beleaguered OCE should not be weakened in any way.