- Feb 19, 2018
Multiple states can follow PA’s lead if U.S. Supreme Court adopts a standard for measuring unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering
- Feb 16, 2018
Congress should be doing it all it can to protect our elections from foreign interference. This means holding a hearing and passing the Honest Ads Act .
- Feb 15, 2018
Legislation requiring that presidential inaugural committees disclose how they are spending the tens of millions raised is long overdue.
The Washington Post: We know that Stormy Daniels got paid. We still don’t know if the payment violated the law.Feb 14, 2018
There’s a lot of nuance in that statement and in the broader situation. We spoke with Lawrence Noble, senior director and general counsel at the Campaign Legal Center, by phone to walk through where the legal boundaries are — and if Cohen’s assessment that this was not a campaign expenditure is defensible.
The Washington Post: Opinion - Trump’s lawyer just made the Stormy Daniels affair much more interestingFeb 14, 2018
“Reading between the lines,” Noti said, Cohen’s statement “strongly suggests that he fronted the money for the payment and was reimbursed by some entity or person that was not the Trump Organization or the Trump campaign.”
- Feb 14, 2018
Common Cause is not the only group that thinks the payment could have been a violation. Brendan Fischer, the Federal & FEC Reform Program Director at the Campaign Legal Center, had a similar opinion. “The fact that this came one month before the election means there is strong evidence that this was a payment made in connection with the Trump campaign and therefore was an in kind contribution to the Trump campaign and would have exceeded the $2,700 contribution limit and was never reported by the Trump campaign as a contribution,” Fischer told TIME.
- Feb 14, 2018
“There’s a general lack of transparency here,” Brendan Fischer of the Campaign Legal Center told TPM. “When you have these ongoing accusations of fake news and attacks on the legitimate news media, and then partisan candidates creating what are actually fake news sites to help muddy the waters and push their message, it helps weaken trust in journalism and the media as an institution.”
- Feb 14, 2018"It's not usual for an attorney representing someone to pay out of his own pocket," Noble said. Noble, along with Sunlight Foundation executive director John Wonderlich and University of California, Irvine, law professor Rick Hasen, noted in separate interviews that the statement was carefully worded and left open the possibility that Trump had personally reimbursed Cohen or the source of the funding was a third party.
- Feb 13, 2018
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court last week struck down the state’s congressional map as a partisan gerrymander in violation of the Pennsylvania Constitution. The court’s action is one example of how states across the country are seeking to protect voters’ voices in the political process.
- Feb 13, 2018
A bill that will enact Automatic Voter Registration (AVR) in Massachusetts is advancing in the state legislature. Evidence from other states with AVR suggests this legislation will improve participation and access to the ballot box while also increasing efficiency and lowering election administration costs.