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Earlier this year, a joint investigation by Campaign Legal Center (CLC) and Axios documented how the Presidential Coalition capitalized on its founder’s ties to President Trump to raise millions of dollars but devoted less than 3% of its spending to political activities. The investigation prompted a stinging rebuke from President Trump’s campaign...

Campaign Legal Center (CLC) has asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate whether former U.S. Representative Jeff Miller violated federal law’s revolving door ban by registering as a foreign agent of Qatar just months after leaving Congress.

It is bad enough when former politicians leverage their public service for foreign lobbying...

On August 14, 2018, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) launched RestoreYourVote.org – an online resource to help people with convictions in all fifty states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico understand their voting rights. Since the launch, the site has had nearly 70,000 visitors seeking to learn more about voting rights restoration in their state...

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Mayor Bill de Blasio, a 2020 candidate for President of the United States, accepted tens of thousands of dollars in excessive contributions, and failed to report the identity of those contributors. 

CLC is asking the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to investigate de Blasio’s campaign for this scheme, which left voters in the dark about the...

CLC filed a lawsuit against the Federal Election Commission (FEC), the agency charged with enforcing campaign finance law, after it let Hillary Clinton’s campaign off the hook for coordinating millions in spending with a super PAC.

The FEC’s dismissal of CLC’s 2016 complaint against Clinton’s campaign and super PAC threatens to give megadonors an...

Last week, President Donald Trump questioned the legitimacy of American elections, as he repeated false claims of widespread voter fraud. He again made unsubstantiated claims that the reason he lost the popular vote was because of widespread voter fraud in states like California.

"They vote many times, not just twice, not just three times," Trump...

Donors who gave to support a candidate’s run for office probably didn’t expect that their money would be used years later to advance Saudi Arabia’s interests and the politician’s post-congressional lobbying career.

A new report released today by CLC, in collaboration with the Daily Beast, reveals how multiple former Members of Congress who...

DC Council Member Jack Evans has been at the center of a corruption scandal for the past few months. Almost a month ago, the FBI raided Evans’ home and he has been under federal grand jury investigation ever since.  

Things are only continuing to heat up for the longest serving elected official in the city.  Just this week, Reps. Jim Jordan (R...

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Marc Lawrence-Apfelbaum Will Help CLC in its Efforts to Confront Foreign Election Interference and Online Threats to U.S. Elections

Campaign Legal Center is extremely pleased to welcome to its staff Marc Lawrence-Apfelbaum as Senior Advisor on Foreign Interference and Online Threats.

Earlier this year, Robert Mueller’s report confirmed what we...

In the United States nearly six million individuals are denied the right to vote due to a past conviction, and, for many of those individuals, the ability to vote is contingent upon their ability to pay an increasing number of fines, fees, court costs and restitution.

These policies impose a modern-day poll tax on individuals with past convictions...

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Campaign Legal Center (CLC) and Georgetown Law’s Civil Rights Clinic released a new report, ‘Can’t Pay, Can’t Vote: A National Survey on the Modern-Day Poll Tax’, one of the first comprehensive studies of how voting rights restoration schemes deny the right to vote to those who cannot afford to pay legal debt.

Nationwide, as many as 23 million...

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It is with great sadness that we at Campaign Legal Center hear of Justice John Paul Stevens' passing and reflect on his important legacy on democracy preservation.

Justice Stevens authored the dissent in Citizens United (2010), the infamous case overturning longstanding precedent preventing corporate spending on elections. Justice Stevens rightly...

In a huge win for reform advocates, the Washington Supreme Court unanimously confirmed the constitutionality of Seattle’s innovative public financing program. 

The court found that the democracy voucher program is consistent with decades of legal precedent, first established in Buckley v. ValeoThe decision allows the program to continue and is...

You’re invited to a discussion hosted by Campaign Legal Center:

Too Poor to Vote: How the Criminal Justice System Has Created a New Era of Poll Taxes

Thursday July 25, 2019 from noon to 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time

RSVP by July 24 to receive the call-in number in advance of the call.

In the United States nearly six million individuals are denied the...

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The rule of law is a core American value – something we all treasure. But we are at a potential inflection point that needs to be recognized.

CLC’s Vice President, Paul Smith, recently wrote an op-ed in The Hill concerning the Supreme Court’s decision in June to block the citizenship question from being included in the upcoming 2020 U.S. Census....

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In advance of the 2016 presidential elections, a super PAC called Ready for Hillary used six-figure and corporate contributions to create a valuable list of an estimated 4 million potential Clinton supporters. Then, the super PAC passed this list to another super PAC, which in turn passed the list directly to Hillary Clinton’s campaign.  

Clinton...

On Tuesday, July 2, 2019, a federal court announced a telephonic hearing on Campaign Legal Center’s (CLC) challenge to the constitutionality of Florida law SB 7066 on Friday, July 5.

Danielle Lang, co-director, voting rights & redistricting will participate in the hearing. 

The expedited hearing is a sign that the court understands the urgency of...

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In 2018, Florida voters overwhelmingly supported Amendment 4, restoring the right to vote to over a million residents with past felony convictions.

On June 28, 2019, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis cut that momentous democratic act off at the knees by signing into law SB 7066, requiring payment of all associated outstanding fines, fees, and...

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On June 27, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a January 15 opinion by U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman finding that Secretary Ross lied about his reasons for adding the citizenship question to the 2020 Census. 

The Court held that there was a “strong showing of bad faith or improper behavior” by the Administration, justifying a closer look at...

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Elections should be determined by voters, not politicians who draw maps that determine their voters. 

On June 27, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that federal courts may not intervene to block partisan election maps, no matter how unfair they may be. While the U.S. Supreme Court failed to put an end to partisan gerrymandering, something a...

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Newly available wire transfer records, made public through an unrelated civil action in Florida, add intriguing new details to an already wild story involving a shady corporation with foreign ties that illegally laundered money to a pro-Trump super PAC.  

Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed a supplement to a Federal Election Commission (FEC)...