U.S. Senate: Diverse Coalition Calls on U.S. Senators to Quit Wasting Tax Dollars and File Campaign Reports ElectronicallyJun 9, 2011
Today, a diverse coalition of groups sent a letter to all U.S. Senators urging them to co-sponsor legislation which would require Senate candidates to file their campaign finance reports electronically. Currently, Senators and candidates for Senate file their reports – almost of which are originally created electronically – with the Secretary of the Senate who is required to print them out and then send them to the Federal Election Commission where the information is again re-entered as data. This is a cynical waste of a hundreds of thousands of tax dollars and man-hours by politicians that regularly posture about deficit reduction. The letter also urges Senators to file their reports electronically with the Federal Election Commission voluntarily.
- Jun 9, 2011
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued its opinion today in Thalheimer v. City of San Diego, affirming the district court’s decision not to preliminary enjoin several challenged campaign finance restrictions of the City of San Diego. The Campaign Legal Center, together with Common Cause, filed an amici curiae brief with the Ninth Circuit supporting the City of San Diego.
Supreme Court Precedent on Corporate Contribution Ban Disregarded Again by District Court Judge in ReconsiderationJun 7, 2011
Compounding his earlier mistake, Judge Cacheris of the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Virginia today reaffirmed his May 26 decision to strike down the century-old federal restriction on corporate contributions to candidates and political parties. The Judge clarified, however, that his order was limited only to the case before the court, U.S. v. Danielczyk, a criminal matter concerning allegations that the defendants illegally directed corporate contributions to Hillary Clinton’s 2008 Presidential campaign.
Federal Officeholder and Candidate Fundraising for Super PACs Clearly Illegal: Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21 Submit Comments to FECJun 6, 2011
Today, the Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21 submitted comments to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) clearly outlining that it is illegal for federal officeholders and candidates to solicit unlimited contributions for Super PACs. The comments address Advisory Opinion Request (AOR) 2011-12 submitted on behalf of Majority PAC and House Majority PAC asking the Commission’s opinion as to whether federal officeholders and candidates could raise unlimited contributions for Super PACs making independent expenditures to influence federal elections.
Edwards Indictment Paints Troubling Picture: Statement of Meredith McGehee, Campaign Legal Center Policy DirectorJun 3, 2011
The allegations unveiled in the indictment against former Senator John Edwards regarding the conduct of his Presidential campaign are deeply disturbing. The alleged payments of “hush money” raise the specter of political influence-peddling in the form of “gifts” to candidates in high-stakes campaigns.
White House: Congressional Support for Proposed Executive Order for Transparency of Secret Campaign Spending by Government ContractorsJun 3, 2011
Today a coalition of reform groups hailed Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), Michael Capuano (D-Mass.), and 23 other Members, who wrote a letter to President Obama expressing their strong support for the April 13 draft executive order to require full disclosure of campaign spending and contributions by business entities that seek federal government contracts.
- May 27, 2011
In a clearly erroneous ruling, a federal district court in Virginia yesterday declared unconstitutional the federal restriction on direct corporate contributions to candidates and political parties. This decision in effect attempts to overrule a standing Supreme Court precedent, FEC v. Beaumont, which upheld the same federal corporate contribution ban eight years ago.
FEC Urged to Deny Stephen Colbert’s Request to Expand ‘Press Exemption’ in Comments Filed by Campaign Legal Center & Democracy 21May 27, 2011
The Campaign Legal Center, together with Democracy 21, today urged the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to deny a request by comedian Stephen Colbert to significantly expand the so-called “press-exemption” to a number of federal election laws. The two organizations filed comments with the FEC in response to an advisory opinion request by Mr. Colbert seeking the FEC’s opinion as to whether the Viacom corporation, which owns, produces and distributes his television show, The Colbert Report, may pay for a variety of expenses of his Colbert Super PAC without disclosing any of the expenses as in-kind contributions to the PAC under the “press exemption.”
U.S. Congress: CLC & Democracy 21 Inform Members of Congress it is Illegal for Them to Solicit Unlimited Contributions for a Super PACMay 25, 2011
In a letter sent today to members of Congress, Campaign Legal Center President Trevor Potter and Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer informed Senators and Representatives that it would be a violation of law for a Member to solicit unlimited contributions for a Super PAC.
- May 25, 2011Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has been had. "A campaign finance system that pairs corporate independent expenditures with effective disclosure has not existed before today," he confidently wrote in his majority opinion in Citizens United, the Court’s 2010 decision that freed corporations, unions and others to spend unlimited sums on electioneering.