- Mar 1, 2018
And the federal issue is murkier. The CLC, which filed its own complaint with the Federal Elections Commission on Thursday, says Lesko violated federal law. “It’s well-settled federal law that a candidate cannot transfer money from a state campaign account to support [her] run for federal office. But that is exactly what Debbie Lesko did,” said Brendan Fischer, director of Federal and FEC Reform at the CLC. “If this conduct is allowed to pass without any repercussions, then it would open a new loophole that would allow federal candidates to funnel unregulated money into federal elections.”
- Mar 1, 2018
Government ethics rules would generally prevent FCC officials from accepting awards worth more than $200 without written clearance from their agency’s ethics officials, said Larry Noble, senior director and general counsel for the Campaign Legal Center, a nonprofit organization that studies ethics rules. Noble noted he had "serious questions" about Pai receiving the award when he learned of it.
The Daily Beast: Donald Trump Bets That Familiar Faces and Online Virality Will Win Him Four More YearsMar 1, 2018
“It’s a huge problem, and I think our current campaign finance laws and rules are ill-suited to address a scenario like this, and the FEC as currently constituted appears unlikely to do anything about it,” said Brendan Fischer, the director of federal and FEC reform programs at the Campaign Legal Center, an ethics group.
- Feb 28, 2018
“It’s the selling of the presidency to an extent which we’ve never seen before. We’ve made the presidency a marketing tool and a political party is joining in this effort,’’ said Larry Noble, a former general counsel of the Federal Elections Commission who currently is senior director at the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center, a Washington ethics watchdog. “I don’t remember another situation like this.’’
Los Angeles Times: In any other presidency, our 'insufficiently accurate' secretary of Veterans Affairs would be goneFeb 28, 2018
On February 28, 2018, the Los Angeles Times published an op-ed by Walter Shaub, CLC Senior Director, in regards to VA Secretary David Shulkin’s ethics problems.
- Feb 27, 2018
“An FEC filing was officially filed. However, due to certain changes in the past, a request was sent in to nullify the filings,” Chamberlain said. Chamberlain added that Ryan Fournier, the group’s founder and chairman, “is unsure as to why it did not go through as he was not the agent who prepared and sent in the documentation.” "But that explanation baffled Brendan Fischer, the director of federal and FEC reform programs at the Campaign Legal Center, an ethics watchdog group. “Sounds like they don’t know what they are doing,” he said after the reading the statement.
- Feb 27, 2018
“The bill I’m introducing today would address the problem of secrecy in campaign finance,” Schaaf stated. “This bill introduces sorely needed disclosure requirements for nonprofit groups closely affiliated with elected officials in our state. The legislation is closely tailored to reach only those groups." Schaaf said that he had the bill drafted by “some of the best legal minds in the country,” including experts at the Campaign Legal Center, as well as Trevor Potter, the former chairman of the Federal Election Commission. “You can rest assured that this bill is carefully drafted and ready for passage.”
- The Campaign Legal Center said the inadequate record-keeping and a lack of transparency allows the Interior Department to avoid scrutiny. "Secretary Zinke appears to have received a free pass from the White House with respect to the discovery of record-keeping practices so abysmal as to thwart investigation of his travel activities," said CLC ethics counsel Delaney Marsco.
Gizmodo: Experts Say an FCC Official Broke the Law to Help Trump. Trump Alone Will Decide If He's Punished.Feb 27, 2018
“It’s unequivocal that [O’Rielly] was appearing in his official capacity here,” said Brendan Fischer, director of federal and FEC reform at Campaign Legal Center. “He was introduced with his official title. He was referred to several times as ‘commissioner.’ He talked about FCC business. The context here was clear.” “He should know,” added Fischer, “as a high-ranking government official, that when you’re appearing in your official governmental capacity, you cannot endorse candidates and tell people how to vote.”
Daily Mail UK: First Lady Melania FIRES first adviser she hired in the White House and longtime friend following revelations her event-planning firm received $26 million to help plan President Trump's $100 million inaugurationFeb 27, 2018
Reports of the large expenditure to the new company drew immediate condemnation from the Campaign Legal Center, which pushed for the release of earlier information about the inauguration. 'It is uncertain why Trump's inaugural committee paid nearly $26 million to a newly-created firm with close ties to the Trump family, and paid $25 million to the same event planning firm that did the job for $5 million in 2008,' said Brendan Fischer of the Campaign Legal Center.