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Our country’s campaign finance system is increasingly plagued by corruption and a lack of accountability. This is due in large part to dysfunction at the Federal Election Commission (FEC), the federal watchdog agency charged with administering and enforcing campaign finance laws relating to races for the U.S. House, Senate, vice presidency and...

Tuesday, October 19 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Eastern Time.

Join us for an online event about CLC’s new report, “Democratizing the District” on the District of Columbia's first foray into publicly-funded campaigns and how public financing is increasingly a viable alternative to getting campaigns to really focus on the democratic values that should...

Trevor Potter, Campaign Legal Center’s (CLC) president and founder, who has served as chairman of the Federal Election Commission (FEC), and Donald Ayer, deputy attorney general under former President George H.W. Bush, who is now a senior advisor on CLC's litigation strategy council, published an op-ed in The Hill about the lesser-known provisions...

Campaign Legal Center (CLC), on behalf of its client the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and the Colorado LULAC, has submitted a brief and presented oral argument to the Colorado Supreme Court, urging the court to reject the congressional redistricting commission’s adopted map because it violates the Colorado Constitution’s strong...

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Campaign Legal Center's (CLC) challenge to the Kansas law H.B. 2332 was before District Judge Kathryn H. Vratil in the case VoteAmerica v. Schwab on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021. Pro bono counsel from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett presented oral argument, seeking to stop enforcement of the Kansas law.

This law restricts the distribution of mail ballot...

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Campaign Legal Center (CLC) has launched a new feature on PlanScore.org with a library. Visitors have access to analyses of noteworthy redistricting maps proposed around the country scored using various fairness metrics, as well as links to raw files and authoritative sources. PlanScore.org is an empowerment tool to measure voting maps and evaluate...

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Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed complaints with the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) against three members of the U.S. House of Representatives – Reps. Mike Kelly (R-PA), Gwen Moore (D-WI) and Seth Moulton (D-MA) – urging the OCE to investigate whether these members violated House rules governing the personal use of campaign funds. 

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The U.S. Senate is pursuing legislation that would protect Americans from racially targeted attacks on their freedom to vote. On Oct. 5, 2021, the U.S. Senate introduced the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, otherwise known as S. 4 or the VRAA, a bill that would amend and restore the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA).

S. 4 would preserve...

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Thousands of North Louisiana voters finally received a long-awaited answer to a yearslong struggle to vote in person on Sept. 23, 2021. The Caddo Commission approved an additional early voting location in the parish.

The approval of the early voting location came after years of advocacy which culminated with organizations, including the Campaign...

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Simone Leeper, legal counsel, redistricting at Campaign Legal Center (CLC) and Christopher Lamar, senior legal counsel at CLC hosted a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) discussion on Sept. 30, 2021.  

They kicked things off with the prompt: “We're nonpartisan redistricting attorneys Simone Leeper and Chris Lamar of Campaign Legal Center. Where are we...

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Senate Democrats have introduced the Freedom to Vote Act, a compromise alternative to the For the People Act, that introduces sweeping new measures to promote voter access, end partisan gerrymandering, increase campaign finance transparency and reform federal elections in a number of other ways.

The partisan gerrymandering ban introduced in the...

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The United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued an order, instructing the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to take action within 30 days on long-pending administrative complaints against the National Rifle Association (NRA) for using shell corporations to coordinate campaign spending with federal candidates on Sept. 30, 2021. ...

Campaign Legal Center’s (CLC) Restore Your Vote Advocate Gicola Lane joined When We All Vote for its event “Returning Citizens IG LIVE PANEL” on Sept. 30, 2021. During the event, the panelists used National Voter Registration Week — occurring from September 25 through October 3 — to have a conversation about the state of voting rights for citizens...

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Campaign Legal Center (CLC) hosted the virtual event, “The Freedom To Vote in 2021 – What You Need To Know” on September 28, 2021 about some of the trends in access to voting legislation, the Freedom to Vote Act, other proposed federal legislation and the potential impact on voters across the nation. 

During the event, the panelists used CLC’s...

It is time to restore and strengthen our freedom to vote by eliminating racial discrimination at the ballot box. Over the past decade, there has been an onslaught of racially targeted attacks against this freedom, which is why we need to enact federal legislation with national standards for voting access.

The U.S. Senate Committee on the...

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Members of Congress failing to report their stock trades in a timely manner as required by the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act has become a widespread problem, undermining voters’ right to know whether their representatives are acting in the public’s interest or for their own financial gain.  

Following a review of recent...

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A group of U.S. Senators introduced the Freedom to Vote Act, a transformative proposal that would increase Americans’ access to the ballot box, neutralize partisan and racial gerrymandering and increase transparency in our campaign finance system to counteract the impact of secret spending, otherwise known as dark money.

Introduced on Sept. 14...

Efforts in the state of Rhode Island to increase transparency in regard to election spending will remain intact following a ruling out of the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals.

Campaign Legal Center (CLC), along with Common Cause Rhode Island and the League of Women Voters of Rhode Island, filed an amicus brief in support of the state. 

Amo...

A group of U.S. Senators have introduced a new bill, the Freedom to Vote Act, that would increase Americans’ access to the freedom to vote, curb gerrymandering and improve disclosure in our campaign finance system.

The new bill, introduced on Sept. 14, 2021, is the result of negotiations stemming from the original For the People Act, also known...

Campaign Legal Center (CLC) hosted the virtual event, “Defending Democracy in the Age of Misinformation,” on Jonathan Rauch’s new book, “The Constitution of Knowledge: A Defense of Truth.”

During the course of his conversation with CLC's President Trevor Potter, Rauch, senior fellow, governance studies at the Brookings Institution, shared that...

The Yakima County Board of Commissioners agreed to change the county’s current election system to no longer violate Latino voters’ rights on Aug. 30, 2021. The commission agreed to a court-ordered change under the Washington Voting Rights Act (WVRA) in response to a lawsuit brought by four Yakima County voters and OneAmerica.

The outcome of...

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