IRS: Agency to Consider Changes to 501(c)(4) Eligibility Rules as Requested by Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21Jul 23, 2012
Today, the Campaign Legal Center joined Democracy 21 in responding to an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) letter stating that the agency will consider changes to regulations governing 501(c)(4) tax status eligibility. The organizations previously filed a rulemaking petition on the matter with the IRS, calling on the agency to adopt new regulations making clear that 501(c)(4) organizations may engage in no more than an insubstantial amount of candidate election activity—far less than the amount currently conducted by many high-profile organizations claiming 501(c)(4) tax-exempt status.
Rep. Van Hollen Files Brief in Appeal to his Successful Challenge to Political Ad Donor Disclosure RegsJul 20, 2012
Today, Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) filed a brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia urging the court to uphold a lower court ruling in Van Hollen v. FEC that requires comprehensive disclosure of donors to groups making “electioneering communications.”
- Jul 17, 2012
For the second day in a row the DISCLOSE Act of 2012 (S. 3369), which would require disclosure of political spending, failed to collect the 60 votes needed to invoke cloture and move to consideration.
Hypocrisy & Partisanship Trump Principle on DISCLOSE ACT Vote: Statement of Policy Director Meredith McGeheeJul 16, 2012
Voting along party lines, the Senate failed to achieve the 60 votes needed to invoke cloture and move to consideration of S. 3369, the DISCLOSE Act. Meredith McGehee, Campaign Legal Center Policy Director issued the following statement:
- Jul 16, 2012
Today the Campaign Legal Center joined with the Center for Responsive Politics and six other transparency advocates and good government groups launched a petition requesting that GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney disclose the names of "bundlers" for his campaign.
- Jul 12, 2012
Today, the Campaign Legal Center urged Senators to vote for cloture and then pass the DISCLOSE Act of 2012 (S. 3369) when it is brought to the Senate floor early next week. The legislation is a response to the unprecedented amounts of anonymously-funded political spending triggered by the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC. The bill would reveal the contributors behind that spending and allow voters to make informed decisions at the polls.
- Jul 10, 2012
Today, the Campaign Legal Center, together with Democracy 21, filed an amici brief in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to defend the aggregate contribution limits against a challenge brought by the Republican National Committee (RNC) and Shaun McCutcheon. Despite clear Supreme Court precedent upholding aggregate contribution limits, plaintiffs in McCutcheon v. FEC challenge both the $70,800 aggregate limit on contributions to non-candidate committees and the $46,200 aggregate limit on contributions to candidate committees in a two-year election cycle.
Texas Voter ID Trial Opens in Washington with Legal Center Executive Director Representing Disenfranchised VotersJul 9, 2012
Today, the trial concerning a controversial Texas Voter ID law opened before a three judge panel in the federal court in Washington, DC. Campaign Legal Center Executive Director J. Gerald Hebert is part of the legal team defending against the State of Texas' effort to gain approval of a new photo ID bill in Texas v. Attorney General Eric Holder. Hebert represents a group of Texas voters who have intervened in the suit on the side of U.S. Department of Justice claiming they will be harmed by the new voter ID bill.
- Jun 28, 2012
Disclosure about money in politics is as American as apple pie. When Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis wrote, “Sunlight is the best disinfectant,” he expressed the fundamental notion that American democracy is best served by having citizens who are informed about the message and the messenger.
Currently, the problem in our political system is too little disclosure. Groups such as Crossroads GPS (run by Republican operative Karl Rove) and Priorities USA (run by Democratic operative Bill Burton) are spending massive amounts to influence the outcome of the 2012 elections. Yet they are able to keep the sources of their money hidden, providing donors with anonymity.