Appearances, Publications & Speeches
- Jul 14, 2016
The role of corporate money has become so obscene that in the 2016 election, a corporationnot financially supporting political conventions is apparently a newsworthy case of “man bites dog. But given the longstanding federal ban on corporate support for nominating conventions, why are corporations in the business of paying for our political conventions at all? That’s the subject of the Campaign Legal Center’s report, Funding the Presidential Nominating Conventions: How a Trickle of Private Money Turned into a Flood. Over the years, the Federal Election Commission has shredded the laws that explicitly ban corporate spending on conventions. Now, corporate interests and wealthy individuals gain political access and influence over government officials by spending tens of millions of dollars to fund nominating conventions. The public is rightfully discouraged and disgusted by how they are being shut out of their democracy. Public funding of the conventions was the right idea that was undermined by the FEC and eventually Congress.
- Nov 21, 2015
We wanted to bring to your attention the op-ed below which ran in The Washington Post over the weekend. It was written by Campaign Legal Center General Counsel Larry Noble who questions the claims by a pro-Hillary Clinton Super PAC that it can legally coordinate with the Clinton Campaign.
- Jun 22, 2015
At long last, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is expected to publicly declare today what has been obvious to everyone: He is a candidate for the Republican nomination for president. His announcement will bring to an end his awkward charade of simultaneously claiming he has not yet decided if he is a candidate while raising tens-of-millions of dollars to support his candidacy, employing a sizeable campaign staff, travelling to early primary states and fundraising events and giving campaign speeches and attending events here and abroad. According to press reports, as part of this operation, he or his associates set up and control his Right to Rise Super PAC, whose purpose is to support the Bush candidacy. Bush has headlined dozens of fundraisers for the Super PAC, and the pace of its fundraising was initially so brisk that the group reportedly asked donors to limit their contributions to $1,000,000. He has even already changed campaign managers for this supposedly nonexistent campaign.
- Dec 12, 2014
If the Republicans, some Democrats and President Obama get their way, we will soon have a $1.1 trillion omnibus funding bill (referred to as "cromnibus") that will fund the government for nine months...
Complex Campaign Finance Laws are Product of Loophole Seeking Players, Inactive FEC and Hostile Supreme Court (The Washington Examiner)Nov 4, 2014
In a recent op-ed, Joe Trotter, Media Manager for the Center for Competitive Politics argues that a chart prepared by the Campaign Legal Center that broadly summarizes the disclosure requirements for political ads shows that the current campaign finance rules are too complex...