- Jul 12, 2010
Today, reform groups urged Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) to support the DISCLOSE Act (S. 3295) and to oppose efforts to filibuster the proposed legislation. The Senate is expected to bring the bill to a vote before the August recess. The legislation currently has 49 cosponsors in the Senate but will require 60 votes to overcome a filibuster. A House version of the bill was passed on June 24, by a vote of 219-206.
McCain-Feingold “Soft Money” Ban Upheld Again by Supreme Court: Statement of Executive Director J. Gerald HebertJun 29, 2010
Today’s summary decision in RNC v. FEC by the U.S. Supreme Court is welcome news for anyone disturbed by the pay-to-play model of democracy and commerce in Washington. Just 7 years ago, the Court in the landmark McConnell v. FEC decision upheld the soft money provisions of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA) in their entirety.
DISCLOSE Act Vote A Victory for Citizens Over Special Interests: Statement of Policy Director Meredith McGeheeJun 24, 2010
Passage of the DISCLOSE Act by the House today is a victory for citizens over special interests. The fact that today's vote was so close is a sad testament to the power of special interests in Washington. Polling showed 8 in 10 Americans disapproved of the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. FEC, opening elections to a flood of corporate and union treasury funds. Better than 7 in 10 Americans wanted a legislative response, but special interests very nearly carried the day.
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.