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. 



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


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.





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. 



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


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.





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


State and Local Agencies


Regulatory Agencies


State & Local Reform Program


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.

    Recent Documents

  • Complaint to IRS: Requesting Investigation into Foundation for Moral Law for Involvement in Roy Moore Campaign

    Nov 20, 2017

    CLC filed a supplemental complaint containing new evidence with the Internal Revenue Service about the Foundation for Moral Law's unlawful political activity under tax code that regulates charities.

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  • Ethics Complaint: Kirstjen Nielsen

    Nov 13, 2017

    CLC submitted a complaint about a potential ethics violation by Kirstjen Nielsen for receiving free services for a consultant that is helping her with her nomination to be DHS Secretary.

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  • Alabama Certificate of Eligibility to Register to Vote

    Nov 9, 2017

    If you have been convicted of any of the felonies listed on the previous page you have lost your right to vote but you may be able to restore it by applying for a Certificate of Eligibility to Register to Vote (CERV). 

    You are eligible to apply for a CERV if you meet all of the following requirements:

    1. You have not been convicted of one of the following felonies:

    • Impeachment, murder, rape, sodomy, sexual abuse, incest, sexual torture, production or possession of obscene matter, sexual crimes against children, or treason.

    2.  You do not have any felony charges currently pending.

    3.  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 only. If you owe fines, fees, or restitution, click here for more information.

    4.  You have completed your sentence, been pardoned, or completed probation or parole.

    If you meet this criteria, you can print, fill out, and mail or email the following CERV form to the Board of Pardons and Paroles to request the restoration of your right to vote. The Board is required to process your request within 44 days of receipt of your application. AL Code 15-22-36.1(c)-(f). If you do not have access to a printer or have questions about your eligibility, we can help if you reach out to BBowie@campaignlegalcenter.org or call 202-736-2201.

    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. Click here to learn more about the pardons process.


    1. Fill out as much information as possible. If you do not have some information or a section does not apply to you, that may be okay as long you fill in your name, mailing address, date of birth, list all convictions (using the back if necessary), and sign the form.

    2. Important: sign the form. Your form might not be processed without a physical signature.

    3. Mail the form to:
    The Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles PO Box 302405 Montgomery, AL 36130-2405
    Or email it to: pardons@paroles.alabama.gov
    Or call the Board of Pardons and Paroles at: (334) 353-7771 or (334) 353-8067

    4. If you would like assistance following up with the Board or Pardons and Paroles, you can also mail a copy of your application to: Blair Bowie, Campaign Legal Center, 1411 K St. NW, 14th Fl., Washington, DC 20005 or you can email a copy to bbowie@campaignlegalcenter.org. Please redact your social security number and other sensitive information.

    Disclaimer: This toolkit is not an offer of legal services or legal advice. The website serves to provide information to make rights restoration accessible for Alabama citizens with felony convictions. We cannot guarantee that by following these steps that your voting rights will be restored; that power ultimately rests with the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles. The information only applies to rights restoration for Alabama citizens; other states have different laws.

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  • Walter Shaub - Policy Proposals on Ethics

    Nov 9, 2017

    Walter Shaub released 13 policy recommendations to insulate ethics program from political retaliation, strengthen transparency, increase effectiveness of agency oversight capacity.

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