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On June 12, 2019, Paul Smith, CLC’s Vice President, Litigation & Strategy was recognized by Lambda Legal with the Courage in Action Award. This award acknowledges Paul for his work as an "unrivaled champion for equality, fighting for and defending justice and opportunity for all." In a video honoring Paul, Kevin Cathcart, the former Executive...

After nearly two years of trying to hide the names of individuals involved in an inflammatory email to Attorney General Sessions regarding the Pence-Kobach Commission, the Department of Justice has relented and released the email without the redacted names. The newly released document reveals the involvement of Charles J. Cooper, J. Christian Adams...

In response to a Hatch Act complaint filed by CLC, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) sent a letter to President Donald Trump recommending that Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway be removed from office. 

The letter calls Conway’s repeated Hatch Act violations “egregious, notorious, and ongoing,” and says that “her actions erode the...

President Donald Trump was asked by ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos yesterday whether his campaign would accept damaging information against his 2020 rivals from foreigners – such as China or Russia – or report such an offer to the FBI.

Trump said, “I think you might want to listen, there isn’t anything wrong with listening. If somebody...

Campaign Legal Center welcomes eight new members to our team for the summer: our 2019 class of summer law interns. The summer interns are current law students who will work with CLC's full time staff to help advance our work, including pushing for the enforcement of campaign finance laws, and against felon disenfranchisement and partisan...

The Special Counsel’s report on Russian election interference carefully documents a “sweeping and systematic” attempt to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. Nearly three years later, our democracy is under an increasing threat from Russia and other foreign actors, and campaign cybersecurity is crucial to fighting the cyber threat. 

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The news of Herb Sandler’s passing is a significant blow to everyone who cares about our democracy and this country. Herb and his late wife Marion worked to improve public policy in this country in a number of fields and thereby to improve people’s lives.

Herb was a visionary leader in the nonprofit world: he nurtured organizations, supported them...

For 218 years, residents of the District of Columbia have lived in our country as American citizens without equal representation or equal self-government. This disrespects service members and veterans who call Washington D.C. home and are denied equal rights that other Americans enjoy. Over two centuries after the founding of our country, it is...

On May 22, 2019, the Nevada Legislature passed a bill, AB 431, which would automatically restore the right to vote following a past felony conviction, helping an estimated 77,000 citizens. Campaign Legal Center (CLC) sent a letter to Governor Steve Sisolak urging him to sign this bill as soon as possible because voting is a fundamental right...

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In late June 2018, President Trump flew to Wisconsin, headlined a closed-door fundraiser at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, and then whisked off to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the planned Foxconn manufacturing plant.

Weeks before, a Beijing-based “lifestyle company” began circulating an invitation for “three Chinese entrepreneurs to...

State lawmakers in Wisconsin are planning to reintroduce legislation that would enact Automatic Voter Registration (AVR) in the state. This news also coincides with reports that New York legislators are seeking public input on AVR as a part of a series of sweeping voting rights reforms they are considering. AVR is common sense legislation that...

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For more than two years, billionaire Barry Zekelman has been working to pull levers of influence in Trump’s Washington. The Canadian CEO of steel-tube manufacturer Zekelman Industries, Zekelman has a significant stake in the Trump administration’s policies on steel imports—and he and his company have spent millions of dollars to advance those...

Contribution limits are increasingly under attack. This is a problem because contribution limits are a bedrock feature of campaign finance law: they prevent wealthy donors from giving unlimited money directly to politicians.

Federal election laws limit the amount of money that an individual may give to a national party committee each year. The aim...

On Saturday, May 18, 2019, the Alabama Voting Rights Project, a joint partnership between Campaign Legal Center and Southern Poverty Law Center, received the Jane Katz Public Service Award from the League of Women Voters of Alabama. This award, named in honor of a former chair of the League, is awarded to “recognize an individual or organization...

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Nearly four years ago, Congress created new campaign finance loopholes allowing wealthy donors to give hundreds of thousands of dollars to political parties. 

Although these six-figure checks were supposed to be used for a narrow set of restricted purposes, inaction by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) has resulted in both parties using these...

Last Friday, the Department of Justice announced the indictment of U.S. entertainer and businessman Prakazrel “Pras” Michel and Malaysian financier Jho Low on charges of conspiracy and fraud, involving a scheme to make and conceal foreign campaign contributions to committees supporting President Obama’s re-election in 2012.

The case is a...

On May 14, 2019, the Washington Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Elster v. City of Seattle, a case challenging the constitutionality of Seattle’s innovative public financing system for local elections—the Democracy Voucher Program.

The plaintiffs in Elster are property owners in Seattle who contend the city is forcing them to subsidize...

In 2018, then-House Speaker Paul Ryan flew to Las Vegas, sat down with mega donor Sheldon Adelson, emphasized the importance of electing Republicans to the House, and then left the room. Minutes later, the head of a Ryan-aligned super PAC, the Congressional Leadership Fund, stepped in to secure a $30 million contribution from Adelson.

What Ryan...

Tennessee has one of the lowest voter registration rates in the country. Before last fall’s elections, Tennessee had the lowest voter turnout rate of any state, at just 28.5%. And yet, the state just made it even more difficult to register people to vote and get them out to the polls.

Last Thursday, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed into law some...

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On May 8, 2019 Campaign Legal Center (CLC) hosted, "Foreign Interference in Our Elections: What We Really Learned From Mueller's Report," a conversation highlighting the alarming new details about the extent to which Russia worked to confuse, divide and infiltrate our democracy months before the 2016 election. During the call CLC experts discussed...

CLC filed a complaint against White House counselor Kellyanne Conway with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) for again abusing her official authority to influence an election. This is Conway’s third brazen violation of the law.

Conway recently gave two interviews from the White House lawn where she pivoted, unprompted, to attack a...

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