U.S. House: CLC Applauds “Clean Up Government Act” Unanimous Committee Vote: Statement of Meredith McGehee, Policy Director
Today, the House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed the “Clean Up Government Act of 2011” (H.R. 2572). The legislation would restore important tools for federal prosecutors fighting public corruption – specifically revisions to the Honest Services and illegal gratuities statutes – that have gradually been pared away by adverse court decisions. A companion measure has been reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee and is awaiting full Senate action.
FEC Deadlocks, Refusing to Grant Permission to American Crossroads to Run “Fully Coordinated” Ads With Candidates
The Federal Election Commission today voted to a 3-3 deadlock in response to an advisory opinion request from Super PAC American Crossroads for permission to “fully coordinate” ads with candidates, using unlimited corporate and individual contributions, without those ads being considered prohibited “coordinated expenditures.”
U.S. House: Judiciary Committee Urged to Pass Bill Tomorrow to Help Prosecutors Battle Public CorruptionNov 30, 2011
Today, the Campaign Legal Center and a coalition of reform groups called on the House Judiciary Committee to pass the bipartisan “Clean Up Government Act of 2011” (H.R. 2572) at a markup tomorrow. This legislation would restore important tools for federal prosecutors fighting public corruption – specifically revisions to the Honest Services and illegal gratuities statutes – that have gradually been pared away by adverse court decisions.
U.S. House: House Urged to Vote Down Effort to Repeal Presidential Public Financing System and Terminate Election Assistance CommissionNov 30, 2011
Today a coalition of reform groups urged the full U.S. House of Representatives to vote against legislation to repeal the presidential public financing system and terminate the Election Assistance Commission by folding its responsibilities into the horribly dysfunctional Federal Election Commission.
FEC Urged to Reject Super PAC American Crossroads’ Request for Permission to Coordinate Ads with CandidatesNov 14, 2011
The Campaign Legal Center, together with Democracy 21, filed comments today with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), urging the Commission to reject a request from the Super PAC American Crossroads for permission to fully coordinate campaign ads with candidates despite clear laws prohibiting Super PACs from making expenditures coordinated with candidates.
- Nov 9, 2011
Stephen Colbert is encouraging supporters of his Colbert Super PAC to file public comments with the FEC with regards to the Advisory Opinion Request (AOR) filed by American Crossroads. The Karl Rove-affiliated Super PAC is seeking clearance to run ads starring the candidates themselves without reporting them as ‘coordinated’ with the candidates.
Trevor Potter Helps Stephen Colbert File Comments in Support of American Crossroads’ Request to Run “Issue Ads” that Are Coordinated with Candidates in Reality but not in LawNov 8, 2011
Campaign Legal Center President Trevor Potter appeared again last night on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” as host Stephen Colbert’s “personal lawyer.” This time Potter helped Colbert file comments in support of an FEC advisory opinion request by American Crossroads in which the controversial Super PAC seeks to run ads like those being run by the Nebraska Democratic Party in support of Senator Ben Nelson, featuring Senator Nelson reading a script, yet allegedly not ‘coordinated’ with Senator Nelson.
- Nov 7, 2011
Last night Jack Abramoff was the focus of a "60 Minutes" piece on CBS. After serving his time in a federal prison, the infamous lobbyist offers his take on the influence game in Washington which, he assures correspondent Lesley Stahl, "hasn't been cleaned up at all."