IRS: New Crossroads GPS Information Submitted to IRS by Watchdogs Concerning Violations of Tax Status
In a letter sent to the IRS today, the Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21, submitted new information to the agency showing that Crossroads GPS is not entitled to tax-exempt status as a section 501(c)(4) “social welfare” organization.
The rush of litigation challenging campaign finance and disclosure laws continues nationwide in the wake of Citizens United. For your reference, the Campaign Legal Center has updated a summary document of recent cases of interest at the federal, state and municipal level. The summary provides a brief description of pending and recently decided cases, and the Legal Center’s involvement in those cases.
Trevor Potter Addresses the Campaign Finance Crisis in Speech to the American Law Institute Annual Meeting
Yesterday, Campaign Legal Center President Trevor Potter delivered an address on the state of campaign finance to the 89th Annual Meeting of American Law Institute at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington. The speech described our current campaign finance system as one where “[t]he laws written by Congress have been so rearranged by various Court decisions that they resemble the pieces of a jig-saw puzzle, laid out randomly on a table, with important pieces missing.”
- May 23, 2012
Remarks by CLC President Trevor Potter at the The American Law Institute's 89th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., May 23, 2012.
I am often asked how, after 25 years as an election lawyer, service as an FEC Commissioner, and General Counsel to 2 presidential campaigns, did you end up as Stephen Colbert’s lawyer on late night TV. The answer is “I was lucky…”
To read the full remarks, click here.
To view video footage of the speech, click here.
- May 22, 2012
On May 19, 2012, Meredith McGehee, Policy Director for the Campaign Legal Center, appeared on C-Span’s Washington Journal to discuss campaign finance issues. In a discussion with host Pedro Echevarria, and in response to viewer questions, McGehee focused on current state of play in the funding the 2012 election cycle in the wake of the Supreme Court’s controversial decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and on congressional efforts to mitigate the damage from that court ruling.
To watch the show, click here.
- May 21, 2012
Over the past few years, there has been some concern about the transparency of the counting process in American elections, especially where votes are cast and counted electronically. For instance, last spring in Waukesha County during the Wisconsin Supreme Court run-off, a last minute correction to a clerical error changed the results of the election. In March of this year, an electronic voting system mistakenly recorded two losing city council candidates in Palm Beach County, Florida as receiving the most votes.
On May 3rd the people of Greater London went to the polls to elect a new mayor and local assembly. Voters marked their votes on paper ballots. At 8 am the next morning, poll workers began counting the votes electronically at three different locations across Greater London. The process used to count ballots allowed for a high degree of transparency in the count.
- May 21, 2012
On May 17, 2012, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Florida’s “electioneering communications” disclosure law in National Organization for Marriage (NOM) v. Sec. State of Florida in a per curiam decision.
Legal Center President Joins with Other Elections Officials in Brief Supporting Montana’s Corporate Expenditure RestrictionMay 21, 2012
On Friday, Campaign Legal Center President Trevor Potter joined with a number of former federal, state and local election officials in filing an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of Montana’s ban on corporate expenditures in elections, which is being challenged in American Tradition Partnership v. Bullock.
- May 18, 2012
Yesterday, Legal Center Policy Director Meredith McGehee appeared on the Diane Rehm show to discuss the campaign finance issues and the trial of former Senator John Edwards which went to a jury this week in Greensboro North Carolina.
McGehee’s fellow guests included Ruth Marcus of The Washington Post, Jan Baran of Wiley Rein and Steven Friedland, Elon University Law professor and former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia.
To listen to the show, click here.
Supreme Court Urged to Let Stand Lower Court Decision Upholding Montana’s Corporate Expenditure RestrictionMay 18, 2012
Today, the Campaign Legal Center, joined by more than a dozen other organizations, urged the U.S. Supreme Court to let stand a lower court ruling upholding Montana’s restrictions on corporate expenditures in elections. The groups filed an amici brief in support of Montana urging the U.S. Supreme Court to deny certiorari, or if it grants certiorari, to reconsider its holding in Citizens United that independent expenditures do not result in corruption or the appearance of corruption.