- Oct 13, 2010
Late yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued its decision in Human Life of Washington v. Brumsickle, rejecting a First Amendment challenge brought by attorney James Bopp, Jr., to Washington state laws (1) requiring groups raising and spending money to influence ballot measure elections to register as political committees and disclose contributions received and expenditures made and (2) requiring others with more limited involvement in elections to disclose independent expenditures on political advertising to influence ballot measure elections.
- Oct 8, 2010
The Office of Congressional Ethics is under fire and certainly there is no shortage of Members calling for closing the office altogether or at least stripping it of powers in an attempt to bring it to heel. Either action would be a grave mistake if Congress is to have any hope of rehabilitating itself in the eyes of the public.
IRS: CLC & Democracy 21 Urge IRS to Review Crossroads GPS Tax Status: 501(c)(4) Status Questioned for Anonymously Funded Attack Ad VehicleOct 5, 2010
In a letter to the Internal Revenue Service today, Democracy 21 and the Campaign Legal Center called on the IRS to investigate whether Crossroads GPS, a 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization, "is operating in violation of its tax status because it has a primary purpose of participating in political campaigns in support of, or in opposition to, candidates for public office."
- Oct 1, 2010
Reports of the DISCLOSE Act’s death are greatly exaggerated. Certainly, the current version is unlikely to recover from again falling one vote short of the 60 needed to obtain cloture. But the upcoming election is bound to breathe new life into the legislative effort to provide the American people with information about the flood of money -- much of it completely anonymous -- that is pouring into key races. The flood comes courtesy of the Supreme Court’s shocking decision earlier this year in the Citizens United v. FEC.
Congressional Redistricting Formula Act Introduced: Statement of J. Gerald Hebert, Executive DirectorSep 29, 2010
Today, Representative Devin Nunes (R-CA) introduced The Congressional Redistricting Formula Act to reform the manner in which Congressional Districts are drawn following the decennial census. The legislation, which would require states to follow certain criteria as they undertake congressional redistricting, is aimed at ending the excessive partisan gerrymandering that characterizes modern day redistricting plans. The legislation, if enacted, would impact the post-2010 redistricting cycle.
- Sep 28, 2010
On September 28, the Campaign Legal Center urged Members of Congress to move quickly to pass The Federal Election Integrity Act (H.R. 512) sponsored by Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA). The legislation addresses the inherent conflict of interest of top state election officials undertaking direct political activity for candidates over whose election they have supervisory responsibility. Specifically, the bill would bar top elections officials from serving on an authorized campaign committee, using official authority to affect election results, or soliciting donations for a candidate running for Federal office.
The DISCLOSE Act Vote and the For Profit “Tea Party Nation”: Statement of Meredith McGehee, Policy DirectorSep 23, 2010
It is unfortunate that the DISCLOSE Act has fallen victim to election season political posturing. Once the dust settles after Election Day, the Senate would be wise to revisit the DISCLOSE Act. Polls have repeatedly shown that Americans, by overwhelming margins, are strongly opposed to corporations and unions spending unlimited amounts anonymously to elect or defeat candidates and that citizens expect their elected representatives in Washington to act.
Spike in Campaign Finance Lawsuits Nationwide Following Citizens United: Court Cases of Interest by the Campaign Legal CenterSep 16, 2010
A flood of new litigation has been triggered by the U.S. Supreme Court’s highly controversial decision in Citizens United v. FEC which overturned longstanding precedent and allowed corporations and unions to use their treasury funds to impact federal elections. While legal challenges to campaign finance laws picked up after the Roberts Court’s 2007 decision in Wisconsin Right to Life v. FEC, the spike in litigation in the wake of Citizens United is unprecedented. Challenges are pending from Maine to Hawaii as litigants rush to get before the Roberts Court. Seemingly no campaign finance law will be left undisturbed by the rash of new lawsuits, not even the type of disclosure laws that the Supreme Court upheld by a wide margin in Citizens United.