- Apr 29, 2011
It was bad enough when Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) ended her long and brave tradition of supporting campaign finance reforms by voting against the DISCLOSE Act last year – a vote cast despite her strong condemnation of the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United to allow unlimited corporate and labor spending in federal elections. But now the Senator has taken to completely mischaracterizing that very same court decision in order to justify her opposition to a draft executive order from the President which would require the disclosure of political contributions and expenditures from corporations applying for or holding government contracts and their officers and directors.
- Apr 25, 2011
Today, the Campaign Legal Center joined a number of organizations in urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to hold broadcasters accountable for using publicly-owned spectrum effectively and to gauge any adverse public impacts from broadcast service losses resulting from spectrum repurposing.
Ensign’s Resignation Must Not be the End of the Affair: Statement of Meredith McGehee, Campaign Legal Center Policy DirectorApr 22, 2011
Senator John Ensign is right to resign. His conduct was reprehensible. The problem, of course, is that these shenanigans were not simply Senator Ensign’s private affairs, but were entangled in his official position and the operations of his Senate office and included apparent violations of revolving door rules. Certainly, the standards of behavior he set did not reflect creditably on the institution, and his resignation is welcome and overdue.
- Apr 21, 2011
Today, Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) filed a lawsuit against the Federal Election Commission in federal district court in Washington, DC, challenging an FEC regulation that has improperly narrowed the scope of McCain-Feingold law disclosure requirements and allowed nonprofit 501(c)(4) advocacy groups, 501(c)(6) business associations, and others to spend millions on “electioneering communication” while keeping secret the donors whose funds are used to pay for the ads.
- Apr 12, 2011
Two weeks ago, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in McComish v. Bennett, a challenge to the “triggered matching funds provisions” of Arizona’s successful state public financing program. Many have speculated as to the potential impact of the case: would an adverse ruling invalidate only the “triggers” of Arizona’s program or also imperil public financing more broadly?
U.S. House: Reform Groups Press Ethics Committee to Resume Work on Unresolved Case of Rep. Maxine WatersMar 23, 2011
Today, the Campaign Legal Center joined with a coalition of reform groups to urge the House ethics committee to resume its work on the pending investigation of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) and provide the public with an accounting of the status of the case.
- Mar 18, 2011
There is significant irony that deregulators, many at secretly funded entities, are battling to hide the sources of campaign spending at the very time that the tea party and other citizen activists are complaining that Congress is spending too much money and paying insufficient attention to their demands for lower levels of government spending.
The follwing opinion piece was published Politico's Arena on March 18, 2011.