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For more than two years, billionaire Barry Zekelman has been working to pull levers of influence in Trump’s Washington. The Canadian CEO of steel-tube manufacturer Zekelman Industries, Zekelman has a significant stake in the Trump administration’s policies on steel imports—and he and his company have spent millions of dollars to advance those...

Contribution limits are increasingly under attack. This is a problem because contribution limits are a bedrock feature of campaign finance law: they prevent wealthy donors from giving unlimited money directly to politicians.

Federal election laws limit the amount of money that an individual may give to a national party committee each year. The aim...

On Saturday, May 18, 2019, the Alabama Voting Rights Project, a joint partnership between Campaign Legal Center and Southern Poverty Law Center, received the Jane Katz Public Service Award from the League of Women Voters of Alabama. This award, named in honor of a former chair of the League, is awarded to “recognize an individual or organization...

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Nearly four years ago, Congress created new campaign finance loopholes allowing wealthy donors to give hundreds of thousands of dollars to political parties. 

Although these six-figure checks were supposed to be used for a narrow set of restricted purposes, inaction by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) has resulted in both parties using these...

Last Friday, the Department of Justice announced the indictment of U.S. entertainer and businessman Prakazrel “Pras” Michel and Malaysian financier Jho Low on charges of conspiracy and fraud, involving a scheme to make and conceal foreign campaign contributions to committees supporting President Obama’s re-election in 2012.

The case is a...

On May 14, 2019, the Washington Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Elster v. City of Seattle, a case challenging the constitutionality of Seattle’s innovative public financing system for local elections—the Democracy Voucher Program.

The plaintiffs in Elster are property owners in Seattle who contend the city is forcing them to subsidize...

In 2018, then-House Speaker Paul Ryan flew to Las Vegas, sat down with mega donor Sheldon Adelson, emphasized the importance of electing Republicans to the House, and then left the room. Minutes later, the head of a Ryan-aligned super PAC, the Congressional Leadership Fund, stepped in to secure a $30 million contribution from Adelson.

What Ryan...

Tennessee has one of the lowest voter registration rates in the country. Before last fall’s elections, Tennessee had the lowest voter turnout rate of any state, at just 28.5%. And yet, the state just made it even more difficult to register people to vote and get them out to the polls.

Last Thursday, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed into law some...

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On May 8, 2019 Campaign Legal Center (CLC) hosted, "Foreign Interference in Our Elections: What We Really Learned From Mueller's Report," a conversation highlighting the alarming new details about the extent to which Russia worked to confuse, divide and infiltrate our democracy months before the 2016 election. During the call CLC experts discussed...

CLC filed a complaint against White House counselor Kellyanne Conway with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) for again abusing her official authority to influence an election. This is Conway’s third brazen violation of the law.

Conway recently gave two interviews from the White House lawn where she pivoted, unprompted, to attack a...

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After Donald Trump was elected President in 2016, his Deputy Campaign Manager David Bossie urged the president’s supporters to donate to an organization called the Presidential Coalition. Capitalizing on Bossie’s ties to the President, the group consistently told supporters that it would use their money to bolster state and local candidates that...

In Arizona, around 80% of voters choose to receive a mail-in ballot. Despite the ubiquity of voting by mail, thousands of ballots have been uncounted because of an alleged “mismatched” signature, as judged by election officials (not handwriting experts). Adding to the injustice, many voters were unaware that their vote was at risk until it was too...

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This week, Arizona passed a new law that will restore the right to vote to many people with past convictions who were unable to vote simply because they could not pay off fines.

Arizona has one of the most complicated and harsh felony disenfranchisement laws in the country, stripping the right to vote from approximately 221,000 citizens. Upon a...

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President Trump has declared war on oversight. 

As explained by CLC’s Paul Smith an op-ed that ran in The Hill today, Trump’s blanket refusal to comply with all congressional subpoenas is a denial of Congress’s legitimate role in overseeing the executive branch. This fight has ramped up Trump’s efforts to undermine American democracy. The power of...

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The Inspector General (IG) at the Department of the Interior (DOI) announced that it is opening an investigation into potential ethics violations by 6 senior DOI political appointees after a complaint filed by Campaign Legal Center (CLC).

The complaint filed in February 2019, alleged that 6 of the DOI political appointees violated revolving door...

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Campaign Legal Center Action (CLC Action) filed suit on behalf of Giffords against the Federal Election Commission (FEC) for failing to announce any action against the National Rifle Association (NRA) for using shell corporations to coordinate campaign spending with seven federal candidates spanning three election cycles from 2014-2018. The lawsuit...

CLC and partners reached a final settlement agreement with the state of Texas, ending Secretary of State David Whitley’s flawed voter purge program, which targeted naturalized citizens and threatened the voting rights of tens of thousands of Texans. The agreement is legally binding and will prevent the government form targeting naturalized U.S....

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While Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s recently-released report on 2016 election interference and coordination did not establish coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia, it highlights significant flaws in our campaign finance laws and reveals how the Trump campaign was willing to accept help from a foreign adversary, a decision that...

Thanks to a recent burst of legislation, thousands of Americans may soon regain the most fundamental right of citizenship, the right to vote. Inspired in part by Florida’s November 2018 referendum, and thanks to years of committed advocacy by local groups, public opinion has shifted in favor of restoring voting rights to citizens who have past...

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Campaign Legal Center is defending the First Amendment rights of Maryland voters to have direct and easy access to information about who is seeking to influence their decisions at the ballot box.

In April 2018, the Maryland General Assembly passed legislation to address serious gaps in the state’s campaign finance disclosure regime. The new law...

If you have been following the news for the past two years, you have likely seen that Special Counsel Robert Mueller was tasked with a very important job. The Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election in sweeping and systematic fashion.

The full Mueller report, which was released to the public today, shows the extent to which...