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In addition to our work in the courts, the Campaign Legal Center participates in generating and shaping our nation's policy debates about money in politics, disclosure, political advertising, and ethics rules and enforcement for public officials. CLC is often called upon for advice and expertise on matters related to our issue areas.  CLC is a nonpartisan organization and does not engage in election-related activity.

  • White House

    CLC provides expertise on proposals related to our issue areas of interest and also communicates with the President and others in the White House regarding issues related to money in politics, disclosure, ethics rules and enforcement on statutes in these areas.  CLC also works to promote adherence to strong ethical standards in every Administration.   CLC communications with the White House are strictly nonpartisan. 

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  • U.S. Congress

    CLC provides expertise on proposals related to our issue areas of interest and also communicates with Members of Congress on pending legislation dealing with these issues.  CLC also works to improve the congressional ethics processes in both Houses of Congress.  CLC communications with the U.S. Congress are strictly nonpartisan.

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  • Other

    CLC provides expertise on proposals related to our issue areas of interest and also communicates with local government regarding money in politics, disclosure, ethics rules and enforcement on statutes in these areas.  CLC also works to promote adherence to strong ethical standards at all levels of government. 

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    Recent Documents

  • Know Your Rights! Voting in Alabama for People with Convictions

    Oct 16, 2017
    Blair Bowie

    Who can vote?

    Under Alabama law, you have a right to vote if: You are a United States Citizen; you reside in Alabama; you are at least 18 years old; you have not been legally declared “mentally incompetent” by a court; you have not been convicted of a disqualifying felony listed at the bottom of this page.

    What is a disqualifying felony?

    As of August 2017, disqualifying felonies are only those listed at the bottom of this page. If you have not been convicted of one of the crimes listed at the bottom of this page, you do not have a disqualifying felony conviction and are eligible to vote.

    What if I want to vote but my registration was rejected?

    Before August 2017, the definition of disqualifying felonies was left up to individual registrars. This meant that some people were wrongly told they were ineligible to vote. If you have NOT been convicted of a disqualifying felony, you ARE able to register right now, even if you were incorrectly told that you were ineligible.

    If I have a disqualifying conviction, can I get the right to vote back now that I am out of prison?

    Maybe. A person with a disqualifying conviction can, sometimes, restore his or her right to vote by applying for a Certificate of Eligibility to Register to Vote (CERV).

    You are eligible for a CERV if:

    • You have not been convicted of one of the following crimes: Impeachment, murder, rape, sodomy, sexual abuse, sexual crimes against children, or treason.

    • You do not have any felony charges currently pending.

    • You have paid all legal fines and fees, as well as any victim restitution, ordered by the court that sentenced you for your disqualifying conviction.

    • You completed your sentence, were pardoned, or completed probation or parole.

    For more information about applying for a CERV, visit the Board of Pardons and Paroles website: http://www.pardons.state.al.us/Pardons.aspx.  If you are not eligible for a CERV, you can apply for a pardon to restore your voting rights. Whether you receive a pardon is up to the Board of Pardons and Paroles.

    What if I have more questions?

    If you have additional questions or want help registering to vote or applying for a CERV, call Danielle Lang or Blair Bowie at (202) 736-2200

    Disqualifying Felonies in Alabama

    If you have NOT been convicted of one of the following, then you NEVER lost your right to vote, and you ARE eligible to register now.

    • Aggravated child abuse

    • Assault (1st or 2nd degree)

    • Attempt to commit an explosives or destructive device or bacteriological or biological weapons crime

    • Bigamy

    • Burglary (1st or 2nd degree)

    • Conspiracy to commit an explosives or destructive device or bacteriological or biological weapons crime

    • Dissemination or public display of obscene matter containing visual depiction of persons under 17 years of age involved in obscene acts

    • Distribution, possession with intent to distribute, production of, or offer or agreement to distribute or produce obscene material

    • Electronic solicitation of a child

    • Endangering the water supply

    • Enticing a child to enter a vehicle for immoral purposes

    • Facilitating solicitation of unlawful sexual conduct with a child

    • Facilitating the online solicitation of a child

    • Facilitating the travel of a child for an unlawful sex act

    • Forgery (1st or 2nd degree)

    • Hindrance or obstruction during detection, disarming, or destruction of a destructive device or weapon

    • Hindering prosecution of terrorism

    • Human trafficking (1st or 2nd degree)

    • Incest

    • Kidnapping (1st or 2nd degree)

    • Manslaughter

    • Murder (including non-Capital, reckless, and felony murder)

    • Parents or guardians permitting children to engage in production of obscene matter

    • Possession and possession with intent to disseminate of obscene matter containing visual depiction of persons under 17 years of age involved in obscene acts

    • Possession, manufacture, transport, or distribution of a destructive device or bacteriological or biological weapon

    • Possession, manufacture, transport, or distribution of a detonator, explosive, poison, or hoax device

    • Possession or distribution of a hoax device represented as a destructive device or weapon

    • Production of obscene matter containing visual depiction of persons under 17 years of age involved in obscene acts

    • Production or distribution of a destructive device or weapon intended to cause injury or destruction

    • Prohibited acts in the offer, sale, or purchase of securities

    • Rape (1st or 2nd degree)

    • Robbery (1st, 2nd, or 3rd degree)

    • Selling, furnishing, giving away, delivering, or distribution of a destructive device, a bacteriological weapon, or biological weapon to a person who is less than 21 years of age

    • Sexual abuse (1st or 2nd degree)

    • Sexual abuse of a child under 12 years old

    • Sexual torture

    • Sodomy (1st or 2nd degree)

    • Soliciting or providing support for an act of terrorism

    • Terrorism

    • Theft of lost property (1st or 2nd degree)

    • Theft of property (1st or 2nd degree)

    • Theft of trademarks or trade secrets

    • Torture or other willful maltreatment of a child under the age of 18

    • Trafficking in cannabis, cocaine, or other illegal drugs or trafficking in amphetamine or methamphetamine

    • Traveling to meet a child for an unlawful sex act

    • Treason

     

    A collaboration of CLC and The Ordinary People Society.

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  • Letter: CLC Calls on Facebook to Disclose 2016 Ads Bought by Foreign Entities

    Sep 12, 2017

    CLC sent a letter to Facebook Chairman Mark Zuckerberg, urging him to provide the American people and appropriate investigators with more information regarding foreign entities spending money through fake accounts on Facebook ads. The Russian nationals who created and paid for the ads appear to have violated campaign finance law by making prohibited campaign expenditures.

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  • Letter: CLC Opposes Campaign Finance Riders in House Financial Services Appropriations Bill

    Sep 7, 2017

    CLC joined on a coalition letter urging the House Financial Services Committee to oppose the campaign finance riders that are attached to the bill. CLC supports the ability of the IRS to implement regulations governing the campaign activities of section 501(c)(4) organizations, and the SEC to implement regulations requiring public corporations to disclose their campaign activities to shareholders.

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