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Campaign Legal Center (CLC) recently joined its voting rights partners in celebrating National Voter Registration Day by continuing our work to ensure that every eligible voter can register to vote and cast a ballot.

Our democracy works best when every American can vote without barriers. However, for the 18 million Americans with past felony...

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Campaign Legal Center (CLC) is saddened by the loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an inspirational figure who rose to the top of the legal profession with strong convictions and unwavering determination. Ginsburg’s enduring legacy is that she was a trailblazer who stood up for equality in all its forms. She upheld our democracy and its ideals...

Political ad spending is expected to reach an unprecedented $10 billion in the 2020 elections – including a projected record-breaking $2.8 billion in digital advertising. And despite the self-regulatory efforts by online platforms after Russian interference in the 2016 elections, the public remains in the dark about the content of many political...

Campaign Legal Center (CLC) recently filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) against U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and his former company XPO Logistics for alleged straw donations that continued through 2018.

The straw donor scheme appears to have been carried out through donations made in the names of DeJoy’s...

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Many states rely on signature matching as part of ballot counting and verification procedures. Indeed, at least 31 states will use signature matching to verify all absentee ballots in the upcoming November 2020 election.

Signature matching laws require election officials to compare the signatures voters provide on...

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Campaign Legal Center (CLC) hosted “Virtual Book Event: CLC's Trevor Potter with Katherine Gehl” on Katherine Gehl’s new book “The Politics Industry: How Political Innovation Can Break Partisan Gridlock and Save Our Democracy.”

In the book, Gehl, a business leader, explains how introducing more competition into politics could address America’s...

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Campaign Legal Center (CLC) represented Arkansas Voters First, a volunteer-led grassroots organization that launched a citizen movement resulting in 150,000 signatures for a ballot initiative that – if approved in November – would prevent special interests from dominating the redistricting process.

The fact that the COVID-19 pandemic severely...

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In response to a lawsuit brought by Campaign Legal Center (CLC) challenging the state’s election procedures, Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar issued guidance to establish uniform processes across counties for counting mail-in ballots.

This resolves the case. The plaintiffs have filed a notice of dismissal this afternoon, ending the...

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On Sept. 11, 2020, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed a motion to intervene in Trump v. Bullock on behalf of its client, the League of Women Voters of Montana, to defend Montana Governor Steve Bullock’s August 6 directive allowing counties to conduct the general election primarily by mail at their discretion. CLC filed a similar motion in New Jersey...

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On Sept. 11, 2020, an appeals court ruled that the state of Florida can condition voting rights on an individual’s ability to pay, reversing a lower court’s decision and prohibiting otherwise eligible citizens who owe fines and fees associated with a past felony conviction from voting this fall.

This is a deeply disappointing decision. While...

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On September 9, 2020, a federal court temporarily suspended a law that would have prevented tens of thousands of Tennessee voters from casting a vote-by-mail ballot.

Under the order, any Tennessee voter who registered to vote by mail or online, and will vote for the first time this November, is now permitted to vote absentee if they otherwise...

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Adav Noti, senior director, trial litigation at Campaign Legal Center (CLC), recently appeared on “The PBS Newshour” to highlight why record-breaking campaign spending is a result of wealthy special interests using unlimited, secret spending to rig the political system in their favor.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling to allow for corporate...

Voting rules and processes vary widely in states across the country, often making it difficult to know how to support on-the-ground efforts to ensure every eligible voter can cast a ballot. To assist, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) has compiled a list of resources to help voters in states and localities across the country be able to vote.

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Louis DeJoy seemed to have few qualifications for the position of U.S. Postmaster General besides being a major political donor. But evidence indicates that at least some of the donations that fueled his political rise over the years were illegal.

Five employees of DeJoy’s former company, New Breed Logistics, told the Washington Post that DeJoy...

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Join us on September 16, 2020 from 12-1 p.m. Eastern for a conversation between Campaign Legal Center (CLC) President Trevor Potter and Katherine M. Gehl, author of The Politics Industry: How Political Innovation Can Break Partisan Gridlock and Save Our Democracy. In The Politics Industry, political innovation and business leader Katherine M...

Americans remain concerned about the ongoing threat of the coronavirus pandemic and rightly so. These concerns can play a role in deciding whether voting absentee or mailing in your ballot is a viable, safe, and secure alternative to voting in person.

The only voters who can vote by absentee or mail ballots are eligible citizens who provided...

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Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed a lawsuit on September 2, 2020 seeking to reinstate an Arkansas ballot initiative calling for a fair, citizen-led redistricting process that would allow state voters to approve an overhaul of the way voting maps are redrawn.

CLC is representing the League of Women Voters of Arkansas as a client, and the local...

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Campaign Legal Center (CLC) joined its voting rights partners in celebrating National Poll Worker Recruitment Day on September 1, 2020 to help address the shortage of poll workers in this country.

In the spring of 2020, many poll workers chose not to work because of the risk of contracting COVID-19. The pandemic has only exacerbated the problem...

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On August 31, 2020, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit brought by President Trump, which challenges New Jersey’s plan to send all active registered voters a vote-by-mail ballot during the pandemic.

CLC is joined by the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice and will be representing two clients, NAACP-New Jersey...

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Voters should rest assured that there are systems in place to ensure that all votes are counted.

Due to the on-going health threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important that Americans from every race and ethnicity, particularly those concerned about their health, are able to vote by absentee or mail ballot to ensure their participation...

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The District of Columbia Circuit Court affirmed that a Federal Election Commission (FEC) rule impermissibly allowed groups to spend big money in federal elections without disclosing key information about their funders.

This decision is a win for transparency, and it underscores an important but often-overlooked reality of our current campaign...