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CLC submitted a statement of support for HR 1, the For the People Act of 2019, to Chairperson Zoe Lofgren and Rep. Rodney Davis of the Committee on House Administration in the United States House of Representatives. HR 1 is a landmark bill designed to address the most pressing challenges to our democracy, which are the four issues CLC focuses on: the influence of money in politics, the erosion of ethical norms, threats to voting rights, and extreme partisan gerrymandering.
CLC Letter Against Rep. Roger Williams (R-TX) Leads to Possible Investigation by the House Ethics Committee
WASHINGTON – Late yesterday, the House Ethics Committee revealed that the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) found “substantial reason to believe” Rep. Roger Williams (R-TX) may have...
CLC submitted a complaint to Inspector General Peggy Gustafson about Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross over his failure to divest BankUnited stock, which he claimed to have divested on government forms that he signed under penalty of perjury.
This statement is by Adav Noti, senior director of trial litigation and chief of staff at CLC. It was delivered before the Committee on the Judiciary of the United States House of Representatives on January 29, 2019.
As a part of CLC's litigation with the General Services Administration (GSA) over FOIA documents, GSA has released 120 pages of responsive documents about government travel. This includes agencies such as the Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, the Drug Enforcement Administration, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Defense, Department of Justice, and more.
As a part of CLC's litigation with the General Services Administration (GSA) over FOIA documents, data about travel records for the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) was released. The document contains agency travel information, including destination and cost of flights.
CLC published an issue brief on the recently-proposed Political Accountability and Transparency Act, a bipartisan campaign law reform bill.
On January 15, 2019, the Campaign Legal Center submitted comments to Alice T. Germond, Chair of the California Fair Political Practices Commission on a proposed amendment to the materiality standard for financial interests in real property. While the proposed amendment intends to simplify the process of making materiality determinations in real property conflicts of interest, it may have unintended negative consequences.
Since Wilbur Ross was confirmed to his cabinet position as Commerce Secretary in February 2017, CLC has conducted vigorous oversight of his conduct, due to public concerns that his own financial interests conflict with the public interest.
CLC submitted a complaint to the Department of Justice on January 8, 2019 to investigate a failure to register as a lobbyist for a Chinese telecom company. Former Senator Joseph Lieberman had been advising the company, ZTE, on matters affecting U.S. policy, and are requesting that the Foreign Agent Registration Unit investigate.