- Jun 28, 2017
In December 2016, an organization filed suit in Sacramento Superior Court challenging S.B. 1107, legislation which amended California’s Political Reform Act to empower the state and local governments to establish citizen-funded elections.
- Jun 14, 2017
CLC joined the NAACP Legal Defense Fun in filing a brief in support of the plaintiff, arguing that protections of the Voting Rights Act override state sovereignty in order to protect voters and hold state officials accountable for racially discriminatory election laws.
- Feb 1, 2016
Plaintiffs, Black residents of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, brought this Voting Rights Act challenge to the 2012 redistricting plan for Hattiesburg’s City Council. Due to shifts in population, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, is now a majority-Black city. Black voters comprise the largest voting group in Hattiesburg and voting in the city is extremely racially polarized. In 2012, the White-majority City Council, over the objections of the Black members, adopted a redistricting plan that ensures that white majorities will control three out of the five City Council wards. The district court held that the plan is “roughly proportional” and therefore rejected Plaintiffs’ Voting Rights Act challenge. On appeal, Plaintiffs-Appellants argue that the plan deprives Black voters of an equal opportunity to participate in the political process and elect candidates of their choice.
- Nov 29, 2017
CLC sent a letter to the Santa Fe City Council urging them to reject an amendment to the City Campaign Code, which would eliminate reporting requirements. This move would decrease transparency for ballot provisions.
- Jul 26, 2017
CLC's Catie Kelley and Adav Noti submitted testimony to the Council of the District of Columbia on the need for campaign finance transparency and accountability. The Committee is actively considering two bills that would meaningfully inhibit the ability of District government to move on from pay-to-play scandals that have cast a shadow over the government for years.
- Jun 14, 2017
CLC filed an amicus brief with the NAACP Legal Defense Fun supporting the plaintiff, an Alabama resident arguing that protections of the Voting Rights Act override state sovereignty in order to protect voters and hold state officials accountable for racially discriminatory election laws.