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Thanks to a recent burst of legislation, thousands of Americans may soon regain the most fundamental right of citizenship, the right to vote. Inspired in part by Florida’s November 2018 referendum, and thanks to years of committed advocacy by local groups, public opinion has shifted in favor of restoring voting rights to citizens who have past...

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Thanks to a recent burst of legislation, thousands of Americans may soon regain the most fundamental right of citizenship, the right to vote. Inspired in part by Florida’s November 2018 referendum, and thanks to years of committed advocacy by local groups, public opinion has shifted in favor of restoring voting rights to citizens who have past...

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Campaign Legal Center is defending the First Amendment rights of Maryland voters to have direct and easy access to information about who is seeking to influence their decisions at the ballot box.

In April 2018, the Maryland General Assembly passed legislation to address serious gaps in the state’s campaign finance disclosure regime. The new law...

If you have been following the news for the past two years, you have likely seen that Special Counsel Robert Mueller was tasked with a very important job. The Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election in sweeping and systematic fashion.

The full Mueller report, which was released to the public today, shows the extent to which...

Join us on May 8, 2019 

Noon – 1:00 pm ET

Join us for the call-in event “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 and how we can...

A new poll from Secure Democracy shows that in Tennessee, restoring voting rights to people with past convictions enjoys wide, bipartisan support.

67 percent of registered voters polled – including 60 percent of Republicans and 78 percent of Democrats – favor restoring voting rights to those convicted of a felony who have completed all terms of...

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CLC is seeking information related to a massive attempt by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to gather voter registration and individual voter information from state and county officials in North Carolina.

The government has asked for mountains of voter data – over eight years’ worth – from 44 North Carolina counties and the State...

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In New Mexico Governor Lujan Grisham signed into law a set of reforms that will help ensure voters in the state know who is spending money to influence elections.

The Governor’s signature is an exclamation point at the end of a 60-day legislative session that included significant advances for democracy reform. The list of reforms enacted this year...

Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett is proposing new restrictions and penalties that are not right for the Volunteer State.

Hargett is targeting groups that help residents register to vote in Tennessee with penalties for mistakes in voter registration applications that will stymie volunteer registration drives. The bill puts volunteers and...

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For those who hoped the departure of secretary Ryan Zinke signaled an end to the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) disregard for ethics rules, the nomination of acting secretary David Bernhardt to head Interior shows no cause for optimism, according to an op-ed in Morning Consult today. The piece, co-authored by CLC’s Delaney Marsco and Brendan...

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On April 23, the United States Supreme Court will hear a challenge to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross’s decision to ask every household in the country about the citizenship status of its members during the 2020 census.

Two separate federal courts have held that the sole justification provided by Secretary Ross – that obtaining this information...

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The oil and gas industry has friends in high places at the Department of the Interior, and they know it.

A news report by Reveal/Politico showed that the oil and gas executives who make up an influential oil industry lobbying group called the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) were recorded bragging about the “direct access” they...

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For 22 months, prominent Trump critics focused on Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation as a magic bullet, with sights set on charging President Trump with a crime.

Now that Attorney General William Barr has sent a four-page letter summarizing Mueller’s report, which concludes that Mueller was unable to establish that the Trump campaign...

On Tuesday, Mar. 26, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments about the intentional manipulation of voting maps by Republicans in North Carolina and Democrats in Maryland for partisan political gain.

Voters nationwide are ready for a ruling that will put the voters and not lawmakers first. It is still possible for voters in North Carolina...

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In recent weeks, speculation and criticism have swirled around the relationship between Boeing Group and government decisions related to aviation safety and government contracts—and whether Boeing’s financial interests have been prioritized over the public’s safety.

Following the fatal crash of a Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft in Ethiopia on March 10,...

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Despite the benefits of disclosure, some lawmakers are actively working to undermine political transparency by denying citizens access to valuable information about nonprofit organizations that seek to influence our democratic process.

In Mississippi, the state legislature recently passed HB 1205, a pernicious attempt to withhold virtually all...

Last week, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) levied $940,000 in record-breaking fines after a Chinese-owned corporation illegally gave $1.3 million to Right to Rise, the super PAC that supported Jeb Bush in the 2016 election.

Such fines are rare. But illegal foreign funds in elections likely are not. They are just rarely identified.

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In November 2018, Florida voters overwhelmingly voted to restore voting rights to people with past felony convictions by passing Amendment 4 -  the Rights Restoration Amendment.  Now, the state legislature is working to undue the will of more than 60 percent of the voters who supported restoring voting rights to people with past convictions in...

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The presidential election is generally portrayed as a battle to win states and their accompanying electoral votes. Last night in a CNN town hall, presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren railed against this system, saying “We need to make sure that every vote counts. I think everybody ought to have to come and ask for your vote.” The fact that...

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In 2016, California took a significant step forward in the fight for everyone to be represented and have a say in our democracy with Senate Bill 1107 (SB 1107). The 2016 law paved the way for California’s state and local governments to establish public financing programs to support candidates running in state and local elections.

On Thursday,...

Campaign Legal Center (CLC) took the Department of Justice to court to find out which officials were on the email chain that played a major role in the formation of the Pence-Kobach Commission, the partisan effort spearheaded by the White House to search for ways to validate President Trump’s debunked claims about widespread voter fraud. And we won...

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