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As Congress holds hearings on the pro-democracy reform bill, HR 1, members of Congress are learning about public financing reforms that are new to the federal government, but have been bubbling up at the state and local level – the laboratories of democracy – for years.

Voters and legislators at the state and local level are introducing or...

Campaign Legal Center (CLC) and Giffords Law Center filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging illegal coordination between the Trump campaign and the National Rifle Association (NRA) in December 2018. The complaint cited dozens of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) records documenting the coordinated effort.

Now a...

In final stretch of 2018 race, $50.7 million was spent on independent expenditures subject to disclosure, but only eight percent was accounted for, according to a new CLC analysis.

A D.C. District Court decision last year held the promise of secret money becoming less secret. But new reports show that the public is still largely being kept in the...

On January 25, Texas Secretary of State Whitley issued an advisory to county registrars announcing the transmittal of a list of 95,000 people who indicated they were noncitizens at the time they applied for their driver licenses, and who are currently registered to vote. Secretary Whitley suggested that these were illegal noncitizen voters. They...

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Adav Noti, senior director of trial litigation at Campaign Legal Center (CLC), testified before the House Committee on the Judiciary in support of HR 1 on January 29, 2019.

Also known as the For the People Act, HR 1 is a sweeping package of reforms that offers some of the most comprehensive advances our democracy has seen in decades.

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On January 8, America welcomed into its electorate 1.4 million newly eligible voters as Amendment 4 in Florida took effect.

As a result of Amendment 4—passed by a sweeping majority of Florida voters in November 2018—people with past convictions in Florida (except for murder and felony sexual offenses) can vote once they complete their sentence....

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In January 2019, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) released a poll that finds strong opposition to gerrymandering among likely 2020 general election voters and broad, bipartisan support for the U.S. Supreme Court to set clear rules for when gerrymandering violates the Constitution. The poll, commissioned by CLC, was conducted by a Democratic firm, ALG...

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Campaign Legal Center is defending the First Amendment rights of Pennsylvania voters to a fully representative and accountable state government.

When Pennsylvania created a legal, highly regulated state gaming industry, it also prohibited casino owners and others with a stake in that industry from donating to state political campaigns....

Campaign Legal Center’s (CLC) new Race in Politics Catalog is a collection of political communications, campaign materials and comments that make racial appeals to voters. Compiled over the 2017-2018 election cycle, the Catalog gathers – in one place for the first time – many different types of race-based appeals from political campaigns across the...

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Frustrated supporters of voter suppression measures have decided that the way to advance their cause is by personally attacking those who have fought against voter suppression – including me.

Past posts by Hans von Spakovsky and Christian Adams called me a “heavily sanctioned election lawyer” with a “checkered history with the truth.” In 2017,...

The Political Accountability and Transparency Act (PATA), H.R. 679, a bipartisan bill introduced by U.S. Representatives Kathleen Rice (D-NY), Mike Gallagher (R-WI), and Derek Kilmer (D-WA), addresses the abuses of campaign finance law that have become increasingly common in federal elections. Campaign Legal Center’s new issue brief describes how...

The pro-Trump super PAC Rebuilding America Now is reportedly under scrutiny in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. But from its inception, Rebuilding America Now has engaged in dubious legal maneuvers.

The super PAC’s close ties to the Trump campaign, its sources of funding, and its...

On January 4, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it will hear arguments in a challenge to North Carolina’s 2016 congressional map, which is one of the most egregious partisan gerrymanders in American history. The case has the potential to reshape future redistricting nationwide by limiting politicians’ ability to discriminate against voters who favor...

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Today, the United States Supreme Court met to discuss our case challenging gerrymandering in North Carolina. We’re waiting for them to decide whether they will hear oral arguments for our case, as well as one out of Maryland.

So, while the Court was discussing the threat that gerrymandering poses to democracy, behind closed doors – Paul Smith, CLC...

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On January 3, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives introduced HR 1, a bill to make vital, high-priority improvements to our government and election systems. Rep. John Sarbanes (MD-3), the principal author of HR 1, is the chair of the House Democracy Reform Task Force.

Among other reforms, HR 1 would: increase transparency of campaign spending;...

CLC asking House committee to demand Whitaker address financial conflicts of interest

Today, the public learned that acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker rejected the advice of Department of Justice (DOJ) ethics officials and will not recuse from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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States are often called the laboratories of democracy, but in 2018 American cities and counties were the major drivers of innovative campaign finance reforms.

Across the country, numerous localities adopted laws to expand citizen participation in the campaign process, increase transparency of political spending, and eliminate pay-to-play politics...

On October 12, 2018, elections expert Michael McDonald noticed something strange in Gwinnett County, Georgia. Rejection rates for absentee ballots in the county were significantly higher than for other counties across the state, with a disproportionate number of the rejections affecting absentee ballots submitted by Asian and African-American...

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On December 15, President Trump announced via Twitter that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will leave office by the end of 2018. The departure comes in the midst of several investigations into Zinke’s questionable conduct and business dealings while serving as Secretary. Campaign Legal Center (CLC) has been working to hold Zinke accountable...

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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...

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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