- Sep 21, 2011
Attack ads will once again be a primary source for public information in the 2012 election. Just as the new media conglomerates are putting their pieces in place for their election teams, a new report commissioned by the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission concludes that the media scene is increasingly bereft of real investigative journalism, especially at the local level.
U.S. Senate: Reform Groups Urge Chairman Durbin to Stave Off Attempts to Repeal or Defund Presidential Public Financing SystemSep 12, 2011
Today reform groups asked Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, to fight efforts to terminate or defund the presidential public financing system. The letter praised Sen. Durbin’s leadership on public financing issues and asked that he continue to guard against efforts to do away with the system like those already introduced this year or that will likely come up going forward in the appropriations process.
- Sep 9, 2011
In the first week of September, Sarah Palin – potential 2012 candidate -- took to the stump in Iowa to launch her latest attack on President Barack Obama and the Washington political establishment. But in addition to those predictable themes, the speech offered some telling insights.
U.S. House: Reform Groups Call for Action on Legislation to Allow Prosecutors to Combat Public CorruptionSep 7, 2011
Today reform groups urged a House Judiciary subcommittee to hold hearings on the “Clean Up Government Act of 2011” (H.R. 2572), legislation that would provide critically needed amendments to the federal criminal statutes to hold public officials accountable for a broad range of corrupt practices. The letter to the Chair and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security emphasizes the critical need for updates to these statutes in the wake of a series of court decisions that have drastically undermined prosecutors’ ability to address a broad swath of public corruption.
- Sep 7, 2011
Congressional Republicans are shedding “crocodile tears” about the supposed politicization of government contracting that could result from a draft executive order requiring contractors to disclose political contributions.
Since this spring, the White House has let the leaked executive order twist slowly in the wind and done little to counter the bogus claims being made about it.
- Aug 24, 2011
When The FEC denied Stephen Colbert’s request to significantly expand the press exemption for his Super PAC, Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow, the comedian touted the routine creation of his Super PAC as an odds-defying victory and unfortunately much of the media coverage followed his lead. Yesterday, Splitsider took a closer look at what actually occurred in a Q&A with Legal Center FEC Program director Paul S. Ryan.
- Aug 18, 2011
The disclosure of political spending has become a hot button issue as many of those seeking to buy influence and sway election results with million dollar checks would prefer to do it anonymously. The individuals and corporations writing the checks know they’re doing it and so do the politicians that benefit. Only the public is left in the dark in this equation and that is a serious threat to our democracy. The amount of misinformation out there about disclosure is staggering so the Legal Center has produced a primer on the topic to help separate the fact from the fiction.
FEC and DOJ: FEC & DOJ Asked to Investigate More “Straw Companies” Making Million Dollar Contributions to Romney-linked “Super PAC”Aug 11, 2011
Today, the Campaign Legal Center, with Democracy 21, will urge the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate more possible violations of campaign finance law by companies that appear to have been utilized to hide the identity of $1 million contributors to Restore Our Future, a Super PAC operated by former Mitt Romney campaign staffers. Today’s complaints come on the heels of a complaint filed last Friday by the Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21 against another $1 million mystery donor to Restore Our Future, W Spann LLC. Shortly after Friday’s filing, the true donor behind W Spann LLC came forward.