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Today, the Tampa Bay Times published an op-ed by CLC’s Blair Bowie and partners from Alabama Appleseed, a small nonprofit that has partnered with CLC to educate the public about barriers to voting rights.

The piece calls attention to the importance of voter education and empowerment to spread the word about the passage of Amendment 4 in this year...

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New reports reveal that, among the mysterious super PACs identified in CLC’s Dodging Disclosure report, more than 90% of the funds came from other super PACs, dark money groups, and individuals, corporations, and unions giving at least $100,000.

Last week, we finally learned who was behind nearly $30 million in last-minute super PAC spending.

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Big questions remain about who paid for access to the Secretary of the Interior after the Federal Election Commission (FEC) dismissed Campaign Legal Center’s (CLC) complaint arising from Ryan Zinke’s appearance at a Virgin Islands (VI) fundraiser.

In March 2017, Zinke hopped on a private plane to appear at a fundraiser for what his official...

Last week, federal prosecutors investigating Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former lawyer, filed a memo in Cohen’s case stating that hush money payments he made to silence a potential sex scandal were, in fact, made at the direction of then-candidate Trump.

As a former Republican chairman of the Federal Election Commission, CLC President Trevor...

During the 2016 election cycle, the National Rife Assocation’s (NRA) political and lobbying arms spent over $25 million supporting Trump, mostly for television advertising, and distributed and placed those advertisements using the same network of consulting firms that placed the Trump campaign’s own advertisements.

In fact, in the final stretch of...

A bipartisan group of Virginia citizens recently announced their proposal for a constitutional amendment to create a Citizens Redistricting Commission to help end gerrymandering in the state.

Campaign Legal Center (CLC) assisted One Virginia 2021 with the drafting of the amendment language to help ensure that the proposal promotes partisan...

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It is easy to cast Washington, D.C. as lethargic and unbending to reform efforts. Congress failed to pass any legislation in response to foreign interference in the 2016 election, and increasingly looks uninterested in passing any legislation at all. The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has become so dysfunctional that watchdog groups, like...

Michigan legislators recently proposed bills that would ban Michigan officials from informing the public about the sources behind election-related spending, increase the risk of undetected conflicts of interest among Michigan officials, and undermine the effective enforcement of the state’s campaign finance and ethics rules.

CLC sent a letter urgi...

In the weeks and days leading up to the 2018 election, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) lawyers were on the ground in several states working to make sure eligible voters were able to cast their ballot. Our working involved both emergency litigation in several states and successful advocacy outside the courtroom.

In some cases, we won big. In others,...

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The U.S. Supreme Court continues to uphold campaign finance disclosure as a means to inform voters about candidates, policies, and sources of political speech. Despite the Court’s sustained approval of political transparency, opponents of campaign finance regulation have continued to attack the constitutionality of disclosure requirements. Most of...

The 2018 elections were the most expensive midterms in American history. All told, at least $8.9 billion was spent on advertising, according to preliminary estimates from Borrell Associates.

In many ways, the 2018 midterms continued the big money trends that have accelerated over the last decade, as the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down limits on...

On November 29, 2018, we hosted “CLC 2018 Midterms Round-up: A New State of Democracy,” a conference call on trends in voting rights, money in politics and citizen-led efforts to reform our democracy. During the call CLC experts discussed the 2018 election cycle, how voters and pro-democracy groups across the country fought back against dark money,...

On November 13, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review a challenge to Virginia’s state legislative districting plan. 

The case is going back to the Supreme Court on appeal from a federal three-judge panel’s June 26 ruling that the Virginia General Assembly unlawfully drew state legislative districts to have an African American voting age...

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There is unprecedented energy behind the movement to rein in partisan gerrymandering across America.

Citizens across ideological lines are tired of politicians redrawing the lines of their own electoral maps and distorting the political process to hold onto power for their own party. The effort by partisan politicians to marginalize voters has...

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By Dani McLaughlin

Most Americans remember the anticipation of turning sixteen. It is an exciting age that is hallmarked by the new responsibilities society places on young adults including: driving a car, holding a job, and paying taxes. There is a movement to add another responsibility to that list – casting a ballot.

D.C. considered the “Youth...

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This post is part of a series on Take Care and the Election Law Blog on legislation to reform U.S. elections.

 

The 2018 election provides us with two main insights on American democracy. First, our democratic system of government is falling down on the job. In this past election cycle, dark money flooded our digital spaces, voters faced a series...

The 2018 midterm race for Maine’s Second Congressional District marks the first federal election successfully conducted using Ranked Choice Voting.

Ranked Choice Voting (“RCV”) allows voters to rank candidates in order of preference when marking their ballots, and provides for additional rounds of tabulating votes where no candidate receives a...

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Join us for the call-in event “CLC 2018 Midterms Round-up: A New State of Democracy,” a conversation with CLC experts on trends in voting rights, money in politics, and citizen-led efforts to reform our democracy.

During the 2018 election cycle, voters and pro-democracy groups across the country fought back against dark money, ethics violations,...

Today, Campaign Legal Center (CLC), Issue One and five former lawmakers from both parties submitted comments urging the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to clarify that the ban on personal use of campaign funds should apply to leadership PACs, in order to stop politicians from using the PACs as their personal slush funds. The organizations and...

A series of new lawsuits seek to upend decades of First Amendment jurisprudence affirming that campaign finance disclosure rules are both constitutional and important for our democracy.

Despite purporting to target specific provisions in Maryland, Massachusetts, and South Dakota state laws, the arguments asserted by the plaintiffs in each of the...

On Friday, November 9, 2018 the Maricopa County Superior Court ordered all county recorders statewide to permit voters to “cure” their signature mismatch issue by the Wednesday, November 15 deadline to fix conditional provisional ballots. The parties agreed that the “cure” period requires county recorders to provide notice to voters with supposed...

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