Appearances, Publications & Speeches
LA Times: Trump's Ethics Office has blessed an unethical legal defense fund for the president's associatesFeb 9, 2018
Under cover of last week's feverish reaction to the FBI memorandum released by Rep. Devin Nunes, the Office of Government Ethics quietly dumped documents revealing a new low point in the agency's 40-year history. In a letter signed Jan. 29th, but withheld from public view until the memo frenzy was peaking, the agency's Trump-appointed acting director, David Apol, blessed a shockingly permissive arrangement for funneling cash to White House appointees and others linked to Trump.
- Feb 9, 2018
The tales of unethical behavior and secret “hush money” deals have rightly spurred the U.S. House of Representatives to overhaul sexual harassment and discrimination oversight in the legislative branch. As an advocate who worked to enact the original Congressional Accountability Act, I knew the final legislation was less than perfect in 1995. But it established an enormously important precedent: Congress should live by the laws it applies to others. It’s time to end the Capitol Hill culture that often only seeks to protect itself and has been hiding unethical behavior behind closed doors to the detriment of the public trust placed in our nation’s elected leaders.
- Feb 8, 2018
Walter Shaub Jr. has blasted the Trump White House for creating an “ethics crisis,” but the previous head of the Office of Government Ethics now is offering praise for the administration’s choice for his successor.
The Yale Law Journal: A Post-Shelby Strategy: Exposing Discriminatory Intent in Voting Rights LitigationFeb 8, 2018
For decades, intentional discrimination claims were relatively rare in voting rights cases. Both scholarly and judicial attention, therefore, was focused on developing the results test jurisprudence under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. But the influx of new barriers to voting and the loss of preclearance since Shelby County has changed the legal landscape and ushered in a new strategic embrace of intentional discrimination claims. While intentional discrimination claims impose a higher evidentiary burden, recent success with these claims demonstrates their legal and strategic benefits. By holding jurisdictions accountable for not only the results of their actions but also their motives, voting rights plaintiffs can secure more complete remedies, win back preclearance, build a public record of continuing racial discrimination, and expose the voter fraud myth as pretext in neutral fora. In so doing, our democracy will be strengthened and the most precious right we have as Americans, the right to vote, will be safeguarded for future generations.
- Feb 7, 2018
Delaware already responded to the Campaign Legal Center’s letter and said it would be changing its forms. The project seeks to help the huge numbers of people with felony convictions by improving voter registration forms in a way that clearly informs them of their rights and makes sure people understand “they can and should be part of our electorate,” Lang said. There’s a misconception in the public at large that all felons aren’t eligible to vote, which is not true, and the state registration forms are a mess when it comes to helping people determine if they can vote, Lang said.
- Feb 6, 2018
On February 6, 2018, Tara Malloy, CLC Senior Director, appeared on an NPR podcast in regards to Senator Bob Menendez's bribery case.
- Feb 2, 2018
On February 2, 2018, Trevor Potter, CLC President, was interviewed by Jennifer Lawrence in regards to private interests in today's politics.
- Feb 1, 2018
On February 2, 2018 Gerry Hebert, gave oral testimony before the U.S. Civil Rights Commission in North Carolina.