- Jan 10, 2018
While some activists have argued that the law prohibits triggering removal of voters based on failure to vote, the lawyer challenging Ohio's practices, Paul Smith, actually took a more subtle position Wednesday. He said failure to vote could play a part, but simply sending out a forwardable mailing and then removing a voter for failing to respond left states with no relevant basis for acting except non-voting.
- Jan 9, 2018
“Clearly, the courts have realized that they do need to step in and police extreme partisan gerrymanders, and the court recognized that North Carolina’s gerrymander was one of the most extreme in history,” said Ruth Greenwood, senior legal counsel at the Campaign Legal Center and a lawyer representing some of the map’s challengers.
Federal Court Strikes Down North Carolina Congressional Plan as Unconstitutional Partisan GerrymanderJan 9, 2018
A federal three-judge panel for North Carolina’s Middle District has struck down North Carolina’s 2016 congressional plan as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander.
- Jan 8, 2018
“The fact that advertisers can micro-target viewers means that certain ads may never be seen by the broader public and that raises a number of problems,” said Brendan Fischer, an associate counsel at the Washington-based Campaign Legal Center, a nonprofit watchdog. “The lack of transparency makes it harder to track the contours of any influence campaign and it also makes it harder to hold candidates and their supporters accountable for statements made, because they are essentially being made in secret.”
- Jan 4, 2018
Unnamed donors who funneled nearly two million dollars through a series of entities to a super PAC in an effort to keep their names off the contribution should not be allowed to remain anonymous, according to a motion to intervene filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) in Doe v. FEC. Campaign Legal Center (CLC) serves as co-counsel in the case.
- Jan 4, 2018
Commission Never Planned to Address Real Problems in Our Democracy
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump signed an executive order dissolving the controversial Presidential Commission on Election Integrity (also known as the Pence-Kobach Commission), which Campaign Legal Center has strongly opposed as nothing more than a forum to undermine citizens’ right to vote. The administration has directed the Department of Homeland Security to review the commission’s initial findings and determine the next course of action.
International Business Times: Congressman Took Job With Business Group While Writing Tax Bill that Benefits its MembersJan 3, 2018
“At a minimum, it is fair to say that Members are supposed to be mindful of the appearance of a conflict of interest when it comes to issues that can affect their future employer's interests,” Brendan Fischer, director of the Federal and FEC Reform Program at the Campaign Legal Center, told IBT.
- Jan 3, 2018
Former OGE head Walter Shaub, now at Campaign Legal Center, which seeks stricter laws governing money in politics, said that most responsible way to classify bitcoin would be as an asset, like gold bars held for investment. That would mean filers would have to disclose holdings of more than $1000, or income from the asset of more than $200. A second option would be to treat bitcoin like a "cash account" which must be reported if it holds more than $5000.
- Jan 2, 2018
On January 2, 2018, CLC Senior Director, Walter Shaub appeared on CNN to discuss the standards Ivanka Trump is held at in regard to conflicts.