- Jun 12, 2017Brendan Fischer
Dark money continues to play a major and troubling role in U.S. elections thanks to a series of Supreme Court decisions and weak enforcment of campaign finance rules by the Federal Election Commission.
How Allowing Charities to Spend on Politics Would Flood the Swamp That President Trump Promised to DrainMay 3, 2017
In February 2017, at his first National Prayer Breakfast address after taking office, President Donald Trump made headlines for using his remarks to talk about television ratings for his former reality TV show. But the most important element of President Trump’s comments was his vow “to get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment.”
- Mar 6, 2017
In 2011, the Texas legislature enacted Senate Bill 14, the nation’s strictest voter photo ID law that leaves more than half a million eligible voters who do not have the requisite types of ID from fully participating in the democratic process. CLC is fighting this law in court.
- Mar 1, 2017
The Supreme Court has, at times, played a key role in protecting and expanding American democracy. Democracy is at a crossroads and the court has some important cases to decide in the next year in the areas of campaign finance, redistricting and voting rights.
- Feb 2, 2017
CLC examines the record of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's pick to replace Justice Antonin Scalia. Where does he stand on redistricting, voting rights, disclosure and campaign finance?
- Jan 31, 2017
Judge Gorsuch’s views could undermine urgently needed money-in-politics reforms.
Read our fact sheet.
- Jan 10, 2017
Backgrounder on conflicts of interest for presidential appointments.
- Jan 9, 2017
The Campaign Legal Center has conducted an initial analysis of the depth of partisan gerrymandering in the 2016 election, which was the third election held since the 2011 round of redistricting.
- Sep 29, 2016
Listeners are entitled to know by whom they are being persuaded. Read our one pager on sponsporship identification.
- Sep 26, 2016Meredith McGehee and Rachel Moran
The Campaign Legal Center looked at whether the latest FCC’s action to illuminate sponsorship identification, the Online Public Inspection Files (OPIF), lives up to reasonable expectations of transparency, including whether the database is in fact a useful tool for public transparency.
- Aug 16, 2016
A fact sheet on the Federal Election Commission and on a proposed bipartisan legislation to reform the FEC.
- Aug 10, 2016
The Campaign Legal Center, which is litigating the landmark case Whitford v. Gill to end partisan gerrymandering, released a report, Make Democracy Count: Ending Partisan Gerrymandering.
The report highlights the impact partisan gerrymandering, or the drawing of electoral district lines to benefit one political party, has on our democracy and suggests a key solution that can be used to ensure fair elections nationwide.
- Jul 14, 2016
The role of corporate money has become so obscene that in the 2016 election, a corporation not 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? 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.
- Dec 1, 2015
This report by the Congressional Research Service provides an retrospective and prospective analysis of the obbying Disclosure Act (LDA) on its 20th anniversary, using research conducted and data collected by the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M capstone class over the 2014-2015 academic year.
- Nov 18, 2015
A remarkable eighty percent of Americans – both Republicans and Democrats -- believe that the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United should be overturned. Much of the public outrage and energy around undoing the damage done by the Court’s campaign finance jurisprudence has focused on amending the Constitution. Amending the constitution however is no small feat and the barriers are significant. This backgrounder, prepared by CLC for Issue One, examines the procedural hurdles and potential shortcomings of such a course.
Please visit BlueprintsforDemocracy.org, which describes actions states and localities are taking to provide citizen funding for elections and disclosure of spending and other reforms.
- Nov 17, 2015
Opponents of the disclosure of political spending have been playing fast and loose with the truth. This FAQ, prepared by CLC for Issue One, sorts the myths from the facts when it comes to the laws and regulation of ‘dark money’ groups and their spending in federal elections.
Click here or on the image above to view the FAQ.
This FAQ was prepared by CLC for Issue One. For more information on achievable reforms, please visit BlueprintsforDemocracy.org, which describes actions states and localities are taking to provide citizen funding for elections and disclosure of spending and other reforms.
- Nov 12, 2015CLC & Issue one
The Campaign Legal Center and Issue One jointly released a report which details specific solutions to reduce the power of money in politics and restore faith in public institutions. The report and accompanying website provide a comprehensive overview of how reforms have been implemented across the country and outlines best practices for legislators and advocates enacting change in their states and local communities. Coming on the heels of recent ballot initiative victories in Seattle and Maine, Blueprints for Democracy is a timely compilation of both the support for and feasibility of effective money-in-politics reform.
- Sep 17, 2015
On June 25, 2015, Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Jim Renacci (R-OH), John Carney (D-DE) and Lou Barletta (R-PA) introduced H.R. 2931, “Restoring Integrity to America’s Elections Act,” a bill that seeks to restructure the FEC.
- Jul 28, 2015
The attached Fact Sheet outlines the growing problem, highlights a number of notable abuses of the current LDA by high-profile un-registered lobbyists and offers solutions to help make the lobbying industry more accountable to the taxpayers whose tax dollars it seeks on behalf of clients.
"Testing the Waters" and the Big Lie: How Prospective Presidential Candidates Evade Candidate Contribution Limits While the FEC Looks the Other WayFeb 20, 2015Paul Ryan
With the 2014 midterm elections behind us, public attention has shifted to the 2016 presidential election. News stories appear daily about prospective 2016 presidential candidates’ repeated trips to Iowa and New Hampshire, extensive fundraising and campaign machine building. Yet none of the early frontrunners—former Governor Jeb Bush, Governor Scott Walker and more than a dozen other politicians—will even admit that they are “testing the waters” of a presidential campaign. Why is this? And how can it be?
- Nov 13, 2012
The American Anti-Corruption Act (AACA) is model legislation that sets a standard for city, state and federal laws that prevent money from corrupting American government. It fundamentally reshapes the rules of American politics and restores the people as the most important stakeholders in our political system.
Report of the ABA Task Force on Federal Lobbying Laws Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory PracticeJan 3, 2011
A report by the Task Force on Federal Lobbying Laws on "Challenges and Proposed Improvements" concerning lobbying law. Trevor Potter of the Campaign Legal Center was one of four Co-Chairs for the task force.
- Sep 1, 2004
Published in 2004, CLC's The Campaign Finance Guide provided a pre-Citzens United explanation for citizens, candidates, political organizations and the news media, including a brief overview of federal campaign finance laws in effect at that time. The Guide summarized the rules governing the financing of federal political activities and described how the laws are enforced.
- Apr 8, 2004
CLC's The Campaign Media Guide offers practical application of the rules governing political speech on radio, broadcast television, cable, and direct broadcast satellite for the 2004 federal elections. It provides an overview of the rights and obligations of candidates and broadcasters, and guideline on how to monitor and affect political discourse.The Guide does not address every issue or answer every question that may arise during a campaign, but is designed to inform candidates of general rights and remedies.