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This report analyzes more than five years of leadership PAC data — nearly 200,000 records of discrete expenditures — obtained from the Federal Election Commission (FEC). Campaign Legal Center and Issue One found that, since 2013, politicians have spent millions of dollars from leadership PAC funds that may have been unlawful if the spending came from their own campaign accounts.
The Supreme Court of the United States punted on its decision to judge partisan gerrymandering claims out of Wisconsin and Maryland, sending them back to the trial courts for further evidence. This CLC report lays out state constitutional provisions that address redistricting and includes analysis about political and geographic boundaries, and examples of legal solutions to preserve communities of interest.
Though redistricting has always been a problem in American politics, the outsized role of partisanship in the redistricting process has received unprecedented attention across the nation since 2010. This guide is intended to arm legislators, good government advocates, and activists with the knowledge needed to design an independent redistricting commission for state legislative or congressional districts.
CLC filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission today against the NRA based on information and the belief that they may have violated campaign finance laws. During the 2014 election cycle the NRA began contracting with the political consulting firm, Starboard Strategic, for independent expenditures supporting senatorial candidates in several critical and competitive elections. Starboard is functionally indistinguishable from another political consulting firm, OnMessage, which these senatorial candidates were utilizing. There is reason to believe that OnMessage and Starboard used strategic information to coordinate between the NRA and these campaigns, which would be a violation of campaign finance law and would have given these campaigns an unfair advantage.
Campaign Legal Center collaborated with Demos on a fact sheet about President Trump's nominee to be the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh. The document lays out Kavanaugh's unsettling record on democracy, including his views on presidential power, money in politics and voting rights.
Brief in Response to Order from June 27, 2018.
CLC filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging that Donald Trump, his 2016 campaign committee, and the Donald J. Trump Foundation violated federal campaign finance law by soliciting and spending “soft money” funds in connection with his 2016 run for president. The complaint provides evidence and analysis in addition to the New York State Attorney General’s FEC referral on June 14.
Federal law prohibits candidates and their agents from soliciting and spending funds in connection with an election that don’t comply with federal contribution limits and reporting requirements.
In June 2018, Campaign Legal Center reached a settlement agreement with the Secretary of State of Arizona and the Maricopa County Recorder over a lawsuit challenging the state’s overly burdensome voter registration process. Going forward, Arizona must treat all registrants the same regardless of whether they use a state or federal form to register to vote. Here’s what you need to know to register voters in Arizona going forward.
In June 2018, the Secretary of State of Arizona and the Maricopa County Recorder agreed to ease Arizona’s overly burdensome voter registration process. Here’s what you need to know to register to vote going forward.
Three politically active Americans are suing the Donald Trump campaign and political consultant Roger Stone for violating their privacy and civil rights in the 2016 presidential election. They allege that the Trump campaign played a role in their private information being distributed worldwide after...
Judge Ramos found that there was sufficient evidence to sustain a conclusion that the Texas voter ID bill was passed with discriminatory purpose.
CLC submitted a friend-of-the-court brief in Michigan Supreme Court in support of the Voters Not Politicians grassroots group, which organized a ballot initiative that would allow voters to decide if they want independent redistricting commissions.
CLC is supporting a grassroots organization's effort to put a proposed ballot initiative on the ballot in Michigan that would create an independent redistricting commission.
CLC, along with private co-counsel, represent 12 Wisconsin voters who have challenged the state’s Assembly district lines as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander in Gill v. Whitford. Our case is the first purely partisan gerrymandering case to go to trial in 30 years and has the potential to...
The Campaign Legal Center is part of a litigation team 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.
The bipartisan REFUSE Act was introduced on June 27, 2018. The bill would help limit the influence of foreign-controlled entities and corporations and bolster disclosure requirements for lobbyists of foreign agents. The bill was introduced by U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (OH-09). Co-sponsors include: Reps. Carson (D-IN), Deutch (D-FL), Holmes-Norton (D-DC), Jayapal (D-WA), Walter Jones (R-NC), McNerney (D-CA), Pingree (D-ME), Pocan (D-WI), Tim Ryan (D-OH), Raskin (D-MD), Shea-Porter (D-NH), and Waters (D-CA).