Supreme Court's Decision Upholds Disclosure as DISCLOSE Act Moves Forward in Congress: Statement of Executive Director J. Gerald HebertJun 24, 2010
Today's 8-1 decision in Doe v. Reed is an encouraging development for our democracy, especially after recent decisions from the Supreme Court turning the clock back a century on campaign finance laws.
U.S. House: Reform Groups Push for Passage of DISCLOSE Act, Urge Members to Oppose Amendments to Weaken BillJun 22, 2010
With a floor vote expected soon, reform groups are strongly urging Representatives to vote for the DISCLOSE Act (H.R. 5175), and the Manager's Amendment. The groups are emphasizing to Members that they should oppose any amendments to weaken the proposed legislation.
- Jun 15, 2010
Today the Campaign Legal Center and other reform groups urged the House of Representatives to pass H.R. 5175, the DISCLOSE Act as Leadership weighs bringing the legislation to the floor for a vote this week. The legislation was introduced by Representatives Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Mike Castle (R-DE) in response to the controversial Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC which opened the door for corporations and unions to spend their treasury funds in federal elections.
U.S. House: Reform Coalition Urges Speaker Pelosi to Back Office of Congressional Ethics Against ChallengesJun 9, 2010
In a letter sent today, a coalition of reform groups urged Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to stand behind the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) against the latest challenge by Members seeking to undermine the OCE. The groups expressed their continued support of the OCE which has helped to revitalize a discredited and long dormant ethics process.
Legal Center & Democracy 21 File Comments with FEC on Citizens United Request for Media Exemption from Donor DisclosureJun 9, 2010
Today the Campaign Legal Center, together with Democracy 21, filed comments with the Federal Election Commission regarding the Commission's two alternative draft responses to an advisory opinion request by Citizens United seeking the "media exemption" from federal campaign finance disclosure laws for its "documentary" filmmaking (Draft Advisory Opinions 2010-08). The Commission is scheduled to consider this matter at its meeting tomorrow, June 10.
- May 27, 2010
On the eve of a possible floor vote on the DISCLOSE Act (H.R. 5175), reform groups today urged House Members to support the legislation introduced by Representatives Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Mike Castle (R-DE). The legislation was crafted in the wake of the Supreme Court's controversial decision in Citizens United v FEC which opened the door for corporations and unions to spend their treasury funds in federal elections. The bill would require timely and effective disclosure of their campaign-related expenditures and the funding behind those activities.
- May 12, 2010
Today the Campaign Legal Center urged Representatives to co-sponsor H.R. 4918, the Redistricting Transparency Act of 2010 introduced March 23 by Representatives John Tanner (D-TN) and Michael Castle (R-DE). In a letter to Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, Executive Director J. Gerald Hebert and Policy Director Meredith McGehee outlined the legislative effort to allow greater transparency, citizen involvement, and accountability into the redistricting process. The Redistricting Transparency Act would open the secretive process of drawing Congressional district lines to greater public scrutiny.
FEC: FEC Opens 'Soft Money' Loophole for Upcoming Redistricting Battle: Statement of Campaign Legal Center FEC Program Director Paul S. RyanMay 7, 2010
This advisory opinion ignores both the letter and the intent of the 'soft money' ban in McCain-Feingold. To declare that redistricting activities are not "in connection with" elections ignores the realities of the process. The outcomes of elections for some congressional seats for the next decade will be determined by those who draw the lines during the redistricting process.
FCC: Public Interest Public Airwaves Coalition Urges FCC to Immediately Implement Advanced Disclosure Order for BroadcastersMay 4, 2010
Today, the Public Interest Public Airwaves Coalition urged Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chair Julius Genachowski to take immediate steps to make effective the online public file rule adopted more than two years ago requiring commercial television stations to make their public inspection files available on their web sites.
Schumer-Van Hollen Bill to Disclose Corporate & Union Political Influence Deserves Bipartisan Support: Statement of Policy Director Meredith McGeheeApr 29, 2010
The vast majority of Americans remain justifiably outraged by the Supreme Court's activist decision in Citizens United - a decision ignoring precedent and unleashing vast corporate and union treasury funds on our elections.