FEC

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Litigation

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White House

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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. 

FCC

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent agency directed by five commissioners who are appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the Senate. The FEC is responsible for the regulation of television radio, satellite and cable broadcasting in the U.S., including laws regulating political advertising and requiring the disclosure of the sources of the funding for political ads. The Campaign Legal Center takes part in FCC rulemaking proceedings through the filing of petitions and comments, and files complaints with the agency when it believes broadcasters are not complying with the law.

List of CLC communications regarding the FCC

U.S. Congress

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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.

IRS

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Other

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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. 

DOJ

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) is responsible for the criminal prosecution and constitutional defense of federal campaign finance and ethics laws.  DOJ is also responsible for enforcement of the Voting Rights Act. 

List of Documents regarding the DOJ

Policy Issues

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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.

SEC

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EAC

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The Election Assistance Commission (EAC) is an independent, bipartisan commission charged with developing guidance to help states and local jurisdictions meet the requirements of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA requirements), adopting voluntary voting system guidelines, and serving as a national clearinghouse of information on election administration. EAC also maintains the national mail voter registration form developed in accordance with the National Voter Registration Act.  The four EAC commissioners are appointed by the president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. 

List of CLC communications regarding the Election Assistance Commission.

Other Federal Regulatory Agencies

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State and Local Agencies

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Regulatory Agencies

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State & Local Reform Program

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The Campaign Legal Center’s State & Local Program is designed to aid stakeholders at the state and municipal levels as they push for effective democracy reforms in their communities. The State & Local Program can help with the entire life cycle: from policy development, to legislative drafting, participating in the administrative process to push for effective administration and enforcement. In concert with CLC’s litigation team, the State & Local Program can help advocates design laws that will be on solid ground if challenged in court.

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    Apr 27, 2018

    In Campaign Legal Center v. General Services Administration, Campaign Legal Center (“CLC”) is suing the General Services Administration (“GSA”) over its refusal to provide travel records responsive to CLC’s Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) request.

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  • CLC v. ICE

    Apr 10, 2018

    This case seeks to compel U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to disclose operating agreements related to its Northwest Detention Facility in Tacoma, Washington, which may show that the subsidiary of a private prison company has a direct relationship with a federal contract—contradicting public denials from its leadership and raising further questions about the legality of its political contributions. 

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    Apr 6, 2018

    Montanans for Community Development (“MCD”) v. Mangan is a challenge to Montana’s disclosure laws, which serve to protect voters’ ability to know who is behind the election advertising they see, read, or hear. The laws at issue require political groups that spend money to influence Montana voters to disclose basic information about their finances so that voters are able to evaluate the electoral messages they receive.

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