- Mar 21, 2010
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the petition for certiorari in Cao v. FEC, a key case concerning the federal party coordinated spending limits. The high Court’s order leaves standing the decision of the en banc Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals that strongly affirmed the constitutionality of these important restrictions.
Legal Center Files and Testifies on 3 Matters Before the FEC Relating to Coordination, Soft Money & Non-Federal Fundraising EventsMar 19, 2010
This week the Campaign Legal Center offered testimony and submitted comments in three matters before the Federal Election Commission (FEC). The Legal Center filed comments opposing an advisory opinion request by the National Democratic Redistricting Trust to allow Members of Congress to solicit unlimited soft money contributions for redistricting activities, submitted supplemental comments in a rulemaking on coordination between candidates and outside groups, and testified at an FEC rulemaking hearing regarding the participation of federal candidates and officeholders in nonfederal fundraising events.
CLC Hails Schumer-Van Hollen Proposal to Address the Activist Citizens United Ruling: Statement of Meredith McGehee, Policy DirectorFeb 11, 2010
The proposal announced today by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) is a strong counter-thrust to the damage done to our democracy by the U.S. Supreme Court in its activist ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission . Once this legislation is officially introduced, Congress should move quickly to enact these measures before undisclosed corporate money, likely laundered through trade associations and front groups, floods the 2010 election cycle.
- Feb 4, 2010
Today the Campaign Legal Center urged President Obama to take immediate steps to replace those members of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) serving expired terms in order to begin the housecleaning at the agency to ensure our nation's campaign finance laws are enforced. There is much to be done in the wake of the activist 5-4 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Citizens United.
U.S. Senate: CLC Offers Possible Legislative Fixes to Citizens United at Request of Senate CommitteeFeb 1, 2010
Today the Campaign Legal Center submitted the following letter and memo to Senate Rules Committee Chairman Charles Schumer (D-NY) offering a series of potential legislative fixes to repair some of the damage done by the U.S. Supreme Court in its recent ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. The suggested approaches were submitted for the official record at the request of the Rules Committee and outline a list of issues that the Legal Center recommends Congressional leaders should consider when putting together a legislative package in response to the recent court ruling.
Statement by Reform Groups Regarding Activities of the House Ethics Committee and Office of Congressional EthicsOct 30, 2009
Statement of Campaign Legal Center, Common Cause, Democracy 21, League of Women Voters, Public Citizen and U.S. PIRG:
- Oct 27, 2009
A report released today reveals that the House Ethics Committee has until Friday October 30, 2009 to empanel investigative subcommittees or to release reports compiled by the independent Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) related to ethics questions raised about Members of the House. The third quarter report issued by the OCE revealed the impending deadline for action by the Ethics Committee.
- Oct 22, 2009
Three Commissioners have announced their refusal to seek higher judicial review of a court decision declaring FEC regulations unconstitutional. This is a sad dereliction of their duties, though not a surprising one given their history of placing their own personal views and philosophy ahead of the statute and regulations they are obliged to enforce by virtue of holding office as Commissioners.
DOJ: CLC & CREW Urge DOJ to Investigate Allegations of Public Corruption Against Texas Legislator/Political Consultant and Election OfficialOct 21, 2009
Today the Campaign Legal Center and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) requested a full investigation of a series of allegations of public corruption and possible violations of the Voting Rights Act by a Texas State Representative and a local election official. In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, J. Gerald Hebert of the Legal Center and Melanie Sloane of CREW outlined the allegations against Representative Dwayne Bohac (District 138) and Harris County elections office employee Ed Johnson. The letter emphasized that the known facts "strongly suggest public corruption in Texas and in Harris County, but may also include violations of the Voting Rights Act and other federal laws."
U.S. House: Reform, Taxpayer, and Business Groups Urge Judiciary Committee to Hold Hearings on Redistricting Reform BillAug 21, 2009
Today a broad range of reform, business, and taxpayer organizations urged House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) and Ranking Member Lamar Smith (R-TX) to hold hearings on the Fairness and Independence in Redistricting (FAIR) Act (H.R. 3025). The legislation to improve the corrupted redistricting process that allows politicians to handpick the voters they will represent was introduced by Representatives John Tanner (D-TN) and Mike Castle (R-DE) last month.