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The New York Court of Appeals, the highest court in the state, has struck down congressional maps drawn by the New York legislature in part for violating the New York Constitution’s rules against partisan gerrymandering.

Campaign Legal Center (CLC), joined by nonpartisan good government group Citizens Union, filed an amicus brief, which...

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Wendy Martin, a client that Campaign Legal Center (CLC) is representing in the case LWV Utah and MWEG v. Utah State Legislature, published an op-ed for The Daily Herald that explains how the gerrymandered congressional map enacted by the Utah Legislature prevents voters from electing candidates who will be responsive to their communities’ needs.

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Saurav is Director of Federal Reform at CLC. He previously served as an enforcement attorney in the FEC’s Office of General Counsel and worked on the Tread Standard FEC matter discussed here.

The use of shell companies to hide the true sources of election spending is a growing problem that fundamentally undermines the transparency of elections...

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a petition for certiorari seeking to hear an appeal in Gaspee Project v. Mederos, letting stand a decision by the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals upholding Rhode Island’s political spending transparency rules.

Campaign Legal Center (CLC) served as outside co-counsel to the state defendants in the Supreme...

In a win for fair maps, a Kansas district court has ruled that the state’s recently enacted congressional map constituted a partisan gerrymander and intentionally diluted the voting power of racial minorities, violating the Kansas Constitution.

Campaign Legal Center (CLC) and the ACLU of Kansas, along with pro bono assistance from Arnold &...

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Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed suit against 45Committee, a secret money group that spent as much as $38 million in 2016 to help elect former President Donald Trump. The suit alleges that 45Committee failed to register as a political committee as required by federal law, thereby avoiding disclosure of its donors and spending.

This suit, filed...

On April 21, 2022, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) hosted the event, “The People’s Voices Must Be Heard: Updating the Electoral Count Act in 2022,” which examined the history of the Electoral Count Act (ECA), its implementation and how we can update the over 130-year-old law to ensure our elections are decided by voters and not partisan politicians.

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Federal law requires political committees to disclose basic information about the contributions they receive, including who contributed the money and when. Transparency regarding the sources of funding for our elections and how that money is spent has long been a central tenet of our democracy.  

But many big donors prefer to keep their election...

In a win for political transparency, the U.S. Supreme Court has denied a petition for certiorari seeking to hear an appeal in the case Rio Grande Foundation v. City of Santa Fe, preserving voters’ right to know who is spending to influence ballot measure campaigns in the city.

Like many other states and municipalities, Santa Fe, New Mexico...

Campaign Legal Center (CLC) submitted an amicus brief in the Maryland legislative redistricting case encouraging the court to adopt the widely used and reliable standards and tools to evaluate partisan gerrymandering and rule that Maryland’s Declaration of Rights limits lawmakers’ ability to use partisan gerrymandering to silence voters holding...

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Thursday, April 21 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Eastern Time.

Join us for a conversation about updating the Electoral Count Act (ECA) to protect the will of the people. During the panel, experts will review why updating the ECA is essential to protecting our democracy, what loopholes need to be addressed and dive into the current proposals to update...

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) recently settled a complaint against Canadian billionaire Barry Zekelman and his associated steel companies, after finding reason to believe that Zekelman illegally funneled $1.75 million to America First Action (AFA), a super PAC aligned with former President Donald Trump, and initiating an investigation.

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Almost exactly 10 years after the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act was signed into law, the House Administration Committee held a hearing examining congressional stock trading and potential reforms.

This hearing, held on April 7, 2022, was years in the making and reflective of a newfound acknowledgement by Congress that voters...

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In a victory for Michigan voters’ ability to choose their representatives, a federal district court declined to invalidate the congressional maps created by the Michigan Citizens Independent Redistricting Commission.

The court’s ruling, issued on April 1, 2022, said that the plan enacted by the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting...

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The Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act was signed into law by former President Barack Obama on April 4, 2012. Ten years later, it is time to take stock of the STOCK Act.

The STOCK Act had three principal objectives: increase public trust in Congress, increase transparency by providing the public with real-time disclosure of...

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Campaign Legal Center (CLC) and Barton Mendez Soto PLLC filed a lawsuit in federal court on behalf of Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA), League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Arizona Students’ Association (ASA) and the Arizona Democracy Resource Center (ADRC) challenging H.B. 2492, an anti-voter law which undermines the...

Voters have a right to know whether their elected officials are prioritizing their own wallets over the needs of the public, and for years, much focus has rightfully been paid to the stock trading activities of those in power.

Although criticism of laws regulating congressional stock trading has focused on the lack of meaningful protection...

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Stefanie Condie, a plaintiff in the lawsuit that Campaign Legal Center and its partners recently filed against the Utah Legislature, wrote an op-ed in The Salt Lake City Tribune objecting to the legislature’s efforts to implement a congressional redistricting map that would constitute an extreme partisan gerrymander and warning against silencing...

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The White House recently released a report detailing many of the barriers commonly faced by Native voters and described best practices for protecting the right to vote. This built on a White House directive issued on March 7 to expand voting access.

The report was developed in consultation with Tribal Leaders, Native voters, organizations...

No matter your background or zip code, voters want to be able to choose their own elected officials instead of the other way around. This sentiment was expressed in an op-ed that husband-wife duo Malcolm and Vicki Reid wrote for The Deseret News about how the gerrymandered congressional map undermines the will of voters to lock in power for an...

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Campaign Legal Center (CLC) has filed a lawsuit in the District of Columbia federal court, challenging the Federal Election Commission’s (FEC) failure to act on an administrative complaint CLC filed against the campaign committees of then-President Donald Trump in July 2020 and supplemented in January 2021.

The underlying administrative...