Redistricting Reform Bill Tackles Systemic Abuse: Statement of J. Gerald Hebert, Campaign Legal Center Executive DirectorJun 24, 2009
The way most states draw congressional districts must change if we are to break the partisan gridlock in Washington. Representatives John Tanner (D-TN) and Mike Castle (R-DE) and Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) are to be commended for moving the ball forward on reforming this process with the introduction of the Fairness And Independence in Redistricting (FAIR) Act. They clearly recognize that our current system is broken and must be addressed and addressed quickly. The gerrymandering clock is ticking loudly.
President Obama's FEC Pick is Not the "Change We Need": Statement of J. Gerald Hebert, Campaign Legal Center Executive DirectorMay 1, 2009
The nomination of John Sullivan by President Obama to a seat on the FEC is cause for concern. Mr. John Sullivan's only known statements on campaign finance issues have been made to the FEC on behalf of the union that employs him. While lawyers are of course obligated to represent their clients, the gusto with which Mr. Sullivan has bashed important elements of McCain-Feingold and repeatedly taken radical deregulatory positions does not inspire confidence that he will have different views if confirmed to the Commission.
- Apr 15, 2009
Dear Attorney General Holder:
I am writing to request that you take immediate steps to remove the current leadership of the Public Integrity Section until both the Office of Professional Responsibility and the criminal contempt proceeding before U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan is completed. In order to safeguard the integrity of a long list of other investigations and prosecutions, those who oversaw the failed prosecution of Senator Stevens should immediately be placed either on administrative leave or temporarily reassigned to other posts. Upon completion of the inquiries, I urge you take appropriate action as necessary to restore integrity to the Office of Public Integrity.
DOJ Motion to Dismiss Sen. Stevens Indictment: Statement of J. Gerald Hebert, Campaign Legal Center Executive DirectorApr 1, 2009
Attorney General Eric Holder's announcement yesterday that, after reviewing the record and based on the totality of circumstances, he was going to seek dismissal of the original indictment against convicted former Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) raises serious questions and concerns.
- Mar 19, 2009
The Campaign Legal Center has reviewed S. 482, the Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act, introduced by Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI), which would require Senate candidates to file campaign finance disclosure reports in electronic form with the Secretary of the Senate. We have also reviewed an unrelated amendment expected to be offered to S. 482 that has previously served as a "poison pill" and helped to scuttle earlier efforts to enact electronic disclosure for Senators.
- Mar 16, 2009
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and the Campaign Legal Center (CLC) wrote to the Department of Justice today asking for an investigation into whether the Chamber of Commerce (the Chamber) and its president, Tom Donohue engaged in criminal violations of campaign finance law.
- Mar 12, 2009
Below for your information is a letter submitted at the request of the Senate Rules Committee following yesterday's hearing concerning voter registration problems during the 2008 election cycle. The letter outlines the case against Waller County, Texas for violations of the Voting Rights Act in order to suppress voter registration efforts by students of historically black Prairie View A&M University. The Campaign Legal Center represented Prairie View students in the matter.
Supreme Court Redistricting Decision in Bartlett v. Strickland: Statement of J. Gerald Hebert, Campaign Legal Center Executive DirectorMar 9, 2009
The decision is disappointing and seems to open the door to still more packing of minority voters into fewer districts so as to minimize the number of political races their votes will impact and thus diluting their political voice. It remains to be seen how this decision will influence the next round of redistricting and we will hope for the best. But it seems highly unlikely that this decision will not be harnessed for political gain at the expense of minority voters when district lines are redrawn following the 2010 census.
- Mar 2, 2009
Dear Chairman Leahy,
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Fairness Doctrine Amendment To DC Voting Rights Act Bill: Statement Of Meredith McGehee, Campaign Legal Center Policy DirectorFeb 26, 2009
The Fairness Doctrine was never on the table except in the minds of talk radio hosts and those seeking their favor on Capitol Hill. Today's use of the Fairness Doctrine by Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) in an offered amendment to the DC Voting Right Act bill was nothing more than a Trojan horse. The Fairness Doctrine title was only to offer cover from talk radio for those who would vote for the amendment.