- Apr 28, 2018
The potential for a conflict remains if he maintains a financial stake in the company, said Brendan Fischer, a lawyer for The Campaign Legal Center in Washington.
Aside from a governor's ability to sway regulations or enforcement, there will be conflicts for state employees who deal with their boss' company, Fischer and others say.
"Even if the governor never expressly intervenes in matters affecting his company's interests," Fischer said, "can we really expect that the governor's subordinates would fail to award a contract to the governor's company, or penalize the governor's company for environmental violations?"
Despite Decision Today, Years of Litigation over Voter ID Law has Made Voting Easier for Texas VotersApr 27, 2018
Danielle Lang reacts to Fifth Circuit decision in Texas voter ID case.
- Apr 27, 2018
“It sounds like Mulvaney is importing his pay to play operation from Congress into the administration,” said Brendan Fischer, the director of federal reform programs at the Campaign Legal Center, a watchdog group.
“But the problem of public officials serving the wealthy and well-connected isn’t limited to Mick Mulvaney,” Fischer added in an email. “It’s systemic, and demands systemic solutions. Trump knows this, and ran against it—as a candidate, he criticized a system where ‘when you give, they do whatever the hell you want them to do.’ Mulvaney’s words, and apparently his actions, are just unvarnished examples of how the entire political system is tilted in favor of deep-pocketed special interests.”
- Apr 27, 2018
Lawrence M. Noble, senior director of the Campaign Legal Center, a nonprofit watchdog, also raised questions about the propriety of invoking Title 42 for Dr. Redfield.
“One of the points behind it was that the agency was not able to get these people unless they paid under Title 42,” Mr. Noble said. “It seems somewhat incongruous to have someone who’s been trying to get the job for many years to be paid under it. The C.D.C. has to show that it had to do so to get him, and that it needed him for the job.”
Voters Urge U.S. Supreme Court to Agree that North Carolina Congressional Map is an Unconstitutional Partisan GerrymanderApr 27, 2018
The Campaign Legal Center (CLC) the Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ), and University of Chicago Professor Nicholas Stephanopoulos represent plaintiffs in the case. They jointly filed the brief on behalf of their clients, the League of Women Voters of North Carolina and 12 individual North Carolina voters.
- Apr 27, 2018
The Campaign Legal Center, a legal advocacy organization that represented the plaintiffs suing to stop the law, said that, despite the ruling, litigation over voter ID in Texas has made it easier for people to vote.
"While we are disappointed by the outcome today, we must not lose sight of how far we have come in the fight for Texas voters. Because of our brave clients and this litigation, voters statewide can never be turned away from the polls simply for lacking a certain type of photo ID," the group said. "With respect to the revised law, we are exploring all legal options. We will also work with our partners to ensure that voters are well-educated about their options and not deterred from exercising their right to vote by any confusion around the photo ID rules."
- Apr 26, 2018
"I think this is great, a really positive step the FEC is taking," said Adav Noti, a former FEC attorney who is now a senior director for the Campaign Legal Center, a Washington D.C. watchdog group. "For them to do this in the middle of an election cycle is highly unusual."
“Campaign funds are supposed to be used to support a candidate’s campaign or their duties as a member of Congress," said Brendan Fischer of the Campaign Legal Center, a campaign finance watchdog. "Once an office holder no longer holds office or is no longer in Congress, it becomes much harder to justify campaign expenditures."
- Apr 25, 2018
The Online Electioneering Transparency and Accountability Act would improve the disclosure of digital political advertising by keeping up with modern trends in campaigns, as the spending by candidates and outside groups increasingly moves online. Maryland should pass this legislation.
The Washington Post: The nation’s weather and oceans agency has never gone this long without a confirmed leaderApr 25, 2018
Shaub wrote in a letter to Senate leadership that Myers “could legally take countless official actions as Administrator to enrich himself or his family by advancing AccuWeather’s financial interests.” Now senior director of ethics at the Campaign Legal Center, Shaub called for the Senate to “require [Myers] to incorporate in a supplemental ethics agreement as a condition for confirming him.”