Image
Stack of newspapers and a cup of coffee

Updates

Updates

 

 

Harris County Jail is one of the largest jails in the nation.

The majority of the 9,000 people incarcerated at Harris County Jail in Texas are being held pre-trial or for misdemeanor charges, meaning they remain eligible to vote despite their incarcerations.

The state has a constitutional obligation to ensure these voters can exercise their...

Issues

The stunning arrest of Igor Fruman and Lev Parnas on criminal campaign finance charges arose directly from Campaign Legal Center’s (CLC’s) complaint to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on this matter last year—and underscores the key roles these mysterious Rudy Giuliani associates with ties to Ukraine and big money have played in setting into...

Two Ukrainian-Americans who had been working with President Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, on Ukrainian matters, were arrested late Wednesday for violating campaign finance laws. These arrests stemmed from a Campaign Legal Center (CLC) complaint.

In July 2018, CLC uncovered how these two men had laundered a six-figure contribution to...

CLC President Trevor Potter has joined a group of conservative and libertarian lawyers, most of whom have served in senior positions in Republican Administrations, to stand firm against foreign interference in American elections.

In an open letter, reported on by The Washington Post, the group states that the president’s recent interactions with...

In a setback for efforts to rein in political corruption and broaden electoral participation, a California appellate court on August 26, 2019, affirmed a lower court decision that invalidated Senate Bill 1107 (SB 1107)—a state law that authorized public financing programs at the state and local levels. 

In August 2016, the California legislature...

Join us on October 16, 2019 

Noon – 1:00 pm ET

Join us for the call-in event, “Yes, Asking Foreign Governments for Political Favors Breaks the Law." President Trump is facing an impeachment inquiry based on election law violations. Hear analysis from CLC’s legal experts about the president’s abuse of power and campaign finance violations. Read...

According to an op-ed published in Talking Points Memo by CLC’s Paul Smith, Americans should be wary of “faithless electors” — presidential electors who can cast their vote for anyone, regardless of how the state voted and regardless of whether the elector pledged to support the state winner.  

Two lower courts have recently weighed in on this...

Issues

President Trump pressed the newly elected Ukrainian president to open an investigation into a candidate challenging Trump in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. This is a stunning abuse of power; it also violates campaign finance law.  

A now-public whistleblower complaint details reports “from multiple U.S. Government officials that the...

Campaign Legal Center (CLC) celebrates the life of John H. Harwood II, and is deeply honored that he selected CLC as a recipient for memorial contributions. John led a life inspired by a commitment to social justice.

After earning a Juris Doctor degree from Columbia Law School and an LLM from Georgetown University through the Institute for Public...

Nearly 18 million of the 23 million Americans with felony convictions should be able to vote right now, if they just understood their rights. 

On National Voter Registration Day, Campaign Legal Center launched RecupereSuVoto.org, the Spanish language version of RestoreYourVote.org: an online toolkit to help citizens with past felony convictions...

Issues

The New York Public Finance Reform Commission met in Albany, NY to hold the third of five public hearings on the development of the state's small donor public financing system.

Earlier this year, the state passed a budget that included creating the Commission to examine, evaluate, and make recommendations for new laws implementing the public...

CLC’s founder and president Trevor Potter delivered the Constitution Day lecture at Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana on September 17, 2019. 

Titled, “Constitutional Challenges Facing Our Democracy: The Roberts Court’s Wrong Turns on Campaign Finance, Gerrymandering and Voting Rights,” Potter’s speech encouraged the...

Federal Election Commission (FEC) Chairwoman Ellen Weintraub co-sponsored a symposium on September 17, 2019 on the topic of digital disinformation and the threat to democracy. One of the major focal points of the discussion concerned how to increase transparency in digital ads on social media platforms.

Snapchat announced, also on September 17,...

On September 17, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a proposed ordinance to update the city’s matching funds program, a system of public financing that matches city residents’ campaign contributions to local candidates with public funds at a certain rate.

If the Board of Supervisors votes again next week to approve of the...

The latest examples of the president profiting from government and special interest business to his properties have brought into focus the dangers of blurring private gain with the nation’s highest public office—and are a direct result of the President's failure to divest from his business interests.

In the past week alone:

  • Vice President Mike...
Issues

On September 3, 2019, the Wake County Superior Court struck down North Carolina’s state House and Senate maps as unconstitutional partisan gerrymanders, and assigned a deadline of two weeks (September 18, 2019) for the legislature to have new maps redrawn and enacted.

The Court stated that it would also appoint a referee to review and assess the...

Issues

At the third Democratic debate in Houston, Texas, hosted by ABC, candidate for President of the United States Andrew Yang promised to give away free money. He announced that his campaign – through a raffle – would give 10 families $1,000 per month for a year as part of a case study on his universal basic income policy.

This sounds great, and...

In the summer of 2019, a bipartisan group of New Hampshire legislators overwhelmingly voted to pass HB 706, which would grant authority to an independent redistricting commission (IRC) to create electoral maps for state and federal elections free from partisan gerrymandering.

These legislators listened to their constituents’ call for fair...

Issues

In the final weeks of the 2018 elections, a Facebook page called America Progress Now was created and quickly reached hundreds of thousands of Facebook users with paid ads urging voters to cast ballots for third-party candidates in five competitive U.S. Senate and House races. Shortly after Election Day, the page went silent.

America Progress Now...

federal court blocked a Tennessee law that sought to undermine voter registration in the state. This ruling is a major victory, which derails a law that sought to undercut democracy. CLC and partners challenged the law, which would have imposed substantial penalties on groups that foster political participation through voter registration efforts....

Issues

The next presidential primary debate is Thursday, September 12th on ABC and Univision (with a Spanish translation). It will be the third Democratic debate of this primary season and there are 10 candidates certified by the Democratic National Committee to participate.

Absent from most of the first two debates was a discussion about what...