Recent Cases & Actions
Federal campaign laws limit the amount of money individuals can contribute to national political party committees within a certain year. As a part of the 2014 “Cromnibus” budget bill, Congress tripled these base limits for contributions to parties provided the funds were used for select purposes. The Libertarian National Committee (LNC) is asking the federal appeals court in D.C. to find that neither the base limits nor the increased limits should apply to a contribution it received as a bequest from a particular individual’s estate. The LNC is also asking the court to find that the “special purpose” limits violate the First Amendment because they impermissibly restrict the LNC’s capacity to engage in political speech and association in general, as well to use the bequest in particular as it wishes.
Civil rights groups are challenging Georgia’s restrictive voter registration law requiring voter data to “exactly match” data stored in the state drivers services’ database or the Social Security database. Georgia’s use of this “exact match” protocol disproportionately and negatively impacts the ability of eligible Black, Latino, and Asian-American citizens to register to vote in violation of federal voting statutes and the U.S. Constitution.
The Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, and a number of other newspaper organizations are suing the state of Maryland to avoid complying with the state’s political ad transparency law. The law includes measures that allow the public to easily obtain information about groups and individuals seeking to influence their vote through ads run on online platforms.
Campaign Legal Center and the Southern Coalition for Social Justice is representing the League of Women Voters of North Carolina, as well as numerous individual voters who have challenged the state’s congressional district lines as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander. Our case seeks to establish that the North Carolina congressional plan enacted in February 2016 violates the 1st and 14th Amendments of the United States Constitution.
This case is a lawsuit over the FEC’s delay in enforcing federal campaign finance law against GEO Group, one of America’s largest private prison companies, which illegally made $225,000 in contributions to a super PAC supporting then-candidate Donald Trump in 2016. By filing this suit, CLC is hoping to compel the FEC to act on our FEC complaint, which alleges that the contributions — made through a wholly-owned subsidiary, GEO Corrections Holdings, Inc. — violated the ban on federal contractors giving money in federal elections.
CLC represents individuals in Alabama who are U.S. citizens with past felony convictions, seeking the right to vote. Some are unable to vote because their convictions are considered "disqualifying" under Alabama's law, and others because they cannot afford to pay their court fees to restore their right vote.