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When you visit a federal candidate’s campaign website, you’ll probably find their biography, a story about why they're running, and their positions on important issues. But you also might encounter a bright red box containing the peculiarly worded headline: “Voters need to see, read, and see on the go…”

That headline might be followed by...

As a candidate, President Joe Biden created a plan to, “guarantee government works for the people.” Among these reforms was a promise to work with Congress to enact legislation that would prevent members of Congress, “from being influenced by personal financial holdings.”

A year and a half into his term, the president has not taken any steps to...

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Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida and Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia have both signed anti-voter bills into law to create partisan “election police force units.” These partisan agencies are ostensibly dedicated to pursuing voter fraud and other election crimes under the control of the governor’s office.

In reality, they are unnecessary wastes of taxpayer...

A recently published study in Vanderbilt Law Review entitled “Felony Financial Disenfranchisement” found that contacting people with past felony convictions to let them know that they can vote and helping them pay off restitution, fines and fees significantly increases voter participation.

This study, conducted in Florida during the 2020...

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Voters have a right to know who is trying to influence their vote and who is working to influence our government. 

Transparency about the sources of funding for our elections and candidates and how that money is spent is central to the free and fair functioning of our democracy. 

Increasingly, however, our elections are being drowned in...

“Dark money" groups are political organizations that masquerade as "social welfare nonprofits" under section 501(c)(4) of federal tax law, allowing them to avoid having to disclose where any of their money came from. Wealthy special interests use these groups to pour cash into elections and influence legislation in their favor, while keeping their...

Thursday, May 19 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Eastern Time 

Join us for a conversation with Campaign Legal Center (CLC) President and Founder Trevor Potter and public policy expert and author John Raidt for a virtual discussion about Raidt’s book, “Politics, Inc.: America’s Troubled Democracy and How to Fix It.” During our event, we will talk about...

Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed suit against Heritage Action for America, a political arm of the Heritage Foundation, which spent over $1 million in the 2018 election cycle to help elect numerous Republican candidates for Congress. The lawsuit alleges that Heritage Action failed to make mandatory disclosures of the donors who contributed to fund...

This week, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee held a long overdue hearing on ethical standards in the U.S. Supreme Court. CLC’s Vice President, General Counsel, and Senior Director of Ethics Kedric Payne provided testimony for the hearing entitled “An Ethical Judiciary: Transparency and Accountability for 21st Century Courts.” 

CLC’s testimony fo...

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Campaign Legal Center (CLC) has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging that “ML Organization, LLC,” William Pulte and other unidentified individuals violated federal campaign finance laws in connection with a $500,000 contribution made to a pro-Trump super PAC.

The complaint alleges that ML Organization was not the...

The New York Court of Appeals, the highest court in the state, has struck down congressional maps drawn by the New York legislature in part for violating the New York Constitution’s rules against partisan gerrymandering.

Campaign Legal Center (CLC), joined by nonpartisan good government group Citizens Union, filed an amicus brief, which...

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Wendy Martin, a client that Campaign Legal Center (CLC) is representing in the case LWV Utah and MWEG v. Utah State Legislature, published an op-ed for The Daily Herald that explains how the gerrymandered congressional map enacted by the Utah Legislature prevents voters from electing candidates who will be responsive to their communities’ needs.

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Saurav is Director of Federal Reform at CLC. He previously served as an enforcement attorney in the FEC’s Office of General Counsel and worked on the Tread Standard FEC matter discussed here.

The use of shell companies to hide the true sources of election spending is a growing problem that fundamentally undermines the transparency of elections...

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a petition for certiorari seeking to hear an appeal in Gaspee Project v. Mederos, letting stand a decision by the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals upholding Rhode Island’s political spending transparency rules.

Campaign Legal Center (CLC) served as outside co-counsel to the state defendants in the Supreme...

In a win for fair maps, a Kansas district court has ruled that the state’s recently enacted congressional map constituted a partisan gerrymander and intentionally diluted the voting power of racial minorities, violating the Kansas Constitution.

Campaign Legal Center (CLC) and the ACLU of Kansas, along with pro bono assistance from Arnold &...

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Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed suit against 45Committee, a secret money group that spent as much as $38 million in 2016 to help elect former President Donald Trump. The suit alleges that 45Committee failed to register as a political committee as required by federal law, thereby avoiding disclosure of its donors and spending.

This suit, filed...

On April 21, 2022, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) hosted the event, “The People’s Voices Must Be Heard: Updating the Electoral Count Act in 2022,” which examined the history of the Electoral Count Act (ECA), its implementation and how we can update the over 130-year-old law to ensure our elections are decided by voters and not partisan politicians.

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Federal law requires political committees to disclose basic information about the contributions they receive, including who contributed the money and when. Transparency regarding the sources of funding for our elections and how that money is spent has long been a central tenet of our democracy.  

But many big donors prefer to keep their election...

In a win for political transparency, the U.S. Supreme Court has denied a petition for certiorari seeking to hear an appeal in the case Rio Grande Foundation v. City of Santa Fe, preserving voters’ right to know who is spending to influence ballot measure campaigns in the city.

Like many other states and municipalities, Santa Fe, New Mexico...

Campaign Legal Center (CLC) submitted an amicus brief in the Maryland legislative redistricting case encouraging the court to adopt the widely used and reliable standards and tools to evaluate partisan gerrymandering and rule that Maryland’s Declaration of Rights limits lawmakers’ ability to use partisan gerrymandering to silence voters holding...

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Thursday, April 21 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Eastern Time.

Join us for a conversation about updating the Electoral Count Act (ECA) to protect the will of the people. During the panel, experts will review why updating the ECA is essential to protecting our democracy, what loopholes need to be addressed and dive into the current proposals to update...