FEC Urged to Reject Senator Lee’s Attempt to Create a “Super Leadership PAC” in Comments Filed Campaign Legal Center & Democracy 21
Today the Campaign Legal Center, together with Democracy 21, filed commentswith the Federal Election Commission (FEC), urging the Commission to reject an advisory opinion request submitted by the Constitutional Conservatives Fund PAC (“CCF”), Senator Michael Shumway Lee’s (R-UT) Leadership PAC seeking to fundraise in a manner clearly prohibited by existing law.
White House & U.S. House: CLC Calls for FEC Overhaul, Submits Congressional Testimony on Dysfunctional Agency
Today, the Campaign Legal and a group of reform organizations urged President Obama to break the gridlock at the Federal Election Commission by nominating new commissioners and in congressional testimony urged the complete overhaul of the dysfunctional enforcement agency.
Campaign Legal Center & Democracy 21 File Brief in Real Truth About Obama’s Continuing Bid to Overturn Donor Disclosure RequirementsOct 27, 2011
Today, the Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21 filed an amici brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in The Real Truth About Obama (RTAO) v. FEC. This case currently concerns the much-contested “subpart (b)” definition of “expressly advocating” (11 C.F.R. § 100.22(b)), as well as the FEC’s methodology for determining when a group has campaign activity as its “major purpose,” an important step in the larger determination of political committee status.
Campaign Legal Center & Democracy 21 File Brief in Appeal of Decision Overturning Century-Old Law Banning Corporate Contributions to Candidates & PartiesOct 26, 2011
Today, the Campaign Legal Center, along with Democracy 21, filed an amici brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in U.S. v Danielczyk, an appeal of a controversial district court decision overturning the century-old federal restriction on corporate contributions to candidates and political parties.
- Oct 21, 2011
Yesterday, Campaign Legal Center President Trevor Potter delivered the keynote address at the “Symposium on Corporate Political Spending” hosted by The Conference Board in New York. Potter offered the audience a century’s worth of historical perspective, and decades of his own experience in the field
- Oct 18, 2011
Last night, Legal Center Associate Counsel Tara Malloy appeared on a panel on the PBS News Hour to discuss the impact of Super PACs and 501(c)(4)s on the 2012 election. Speaking with Gwen Ifill of the News Hour and a representative of the Heritage Foundation, Malloy repeatedly laid bare the myth of the ‘independence’ of these shadow committees. She points out that the Federal Election Commission has laid out a virtual roadmap for evasion of campaign finance laws in the wake of the judicial decisions in recent years based on the faulty theory that campaign contributions can corrupt, but that millions of dollars given to ostensibly independent shadow campaigns cannot.
Colbert’s “Money Laundering” Reference Leads to Ham Headed “Apology” to Karl Rove as the Colbert Report Keeps the Pressure up on Undisclosed Money in PoliticsOct 7, 2011
Apparently Karl Rove and his attorney did not see comedian Stephen Colbert’s creation last week of a 501(c)(4) like their Crossroads GPS as the sincerest form of flattery. Rove’s lawyer sent an e-mail to Colbert’s lawyer, Trevor Potter, and last night the host of The Colbert Report issued a clarification concerning “Ham Rove ” and his 501(c)(4). Colbert stated that that he was glad Rove had made it clear he was not laundering “dirty money” through his Super PAC, but instead keeping it dirty and undisclosed in his 501(c)(4).
Elite Donors Do Double Duty: Presidential Super PACs Attract Wealthy Donors Who Have Maxed Out to CandidatesOct 4, 2011
During the second quarter of 2011, more than 50 individuals donated the legal maximum to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and also dug into their pockets deeper and made additional contributions to Restore Our Future, a candidate-specific Super PAC formed to promote Romney's campaign for president.