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Federal campaign laws limit the amount of money individuals can contribute to national political party committees within a certain year. As a part of the 2014 “Cromnibus” budget bill, Congress tripled these base limits for contributions to parties provided the funds were used for select purposes. The Libertarian National Committee (LNC) is asking the federal appeals court in D.C. to find that neither the base limits nor the increased limits should apply to a contribution it received as a bequest from a particular individual’s estate. The LNC is also asking the court to find that the “special purpose” limits violate the First Amendment because they impermissibly restrict the LNC’s capacity to engage in political speech and association in general, as well to use the bequest in particular as it wishes.
Civil rights groups are challenging Georgia’s restrictive voter registration law requiring voter data to “exactly match” data stored in the state drivers services’ database or the Social Security database. Georgia’s use of this “exact match” protocol disproportionately and negatively impacts the ability of eligible Black, Latino, and Asian-American citizens to register to vote in violation of federal voting statutes and the U.S. Constitution.
The Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, and a number of other newspaper organizations are suing the state of Maryland to avoid complying with the state’s political ad transparency law. The law includes measures that allow the public to easily obtain information about groups and individuals seeking to influence their vote through ads run on online platforms.
CLC experts frequently provide news outlets with legal analysis.