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On February 20, 2019, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) submitted a statement for the record to the House Oversight and Governmental Reform Committee on HR 1. The statement highlights HR 1's expansion of Office of Government Ethics OGE oversight duties, codification of the ethics pledge, and requirements related to the disclosure of certain dark money provisions.
On May 23, CLC submitted a complaint to the Office of Government Ethics alleging an ethics pledge violation by the former Acting U.S. Trade Representative Stephen P. Vaughn.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed a complaint asking the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) to investigate possible violations of House rules by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. McCarthy appears to have paid below market rate for a luxury apartment, an improper gift in violation of House gift rules; in the alternative, he may have used leadership political action committee (PAC) funds to offset the cost of rent, which would be a violation of the personal use ban.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed a complaint with the Senate Ethics Committee requesting an investigation into whether Sen. Ted Cruz violated Senate ethics rules by converting campaign funds to personal use. Sen. Cruz’s campaign committee spent up to $18,000 on Facebook ads exclusively promoting Sen. Cruz’s book, for which he stands to receive royalties, seemingly in violation of the personal use ban.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed a complaint with the U.S. Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) asking for an investigation into Rep. James "Jim" Hagedorn for possibly accepting and failing to report illegal in-kind contributions in the form of free campaign office space in violation of federal law and House rules.
Campaign Legal Center submitted a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ethics calling on the committee to immediately address threats from congressional staff to condition official actions and access to elected officials on campaign contributions.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed a complaint with the U.S. Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) asking for an investigation into Rep. Moore for possibly converting leadership PAC funds to personal use, in violation of the House Rules. Only 12% of Rep. Moore's leadership PAC spending from 2019 to 2020 went toward other candidates and political parties and groups.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed a complaint with the U.S. Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) asking for an investigation into Rep. Mike Kelly for possibly converting leadership PAC funds to personal use, in violation of the House Rules. Only 22% of Rep. Kelly's leadership PAC spending from 2019 to 2020 went toward other candidates and political parties and groups.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed a complaint with the U.S. Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) asking for an investigation into Rep. Seth Moulton for possibly converting leadership PAC funds to personal use, in violation of the House Rules. Only 8% of Rep. Moulton's leadership PAC spending from 2019 to 2020 went toward other candidates and political parties and groups.
CLC submitted written comments to the San Francisco Ethics Commission regarding the Commission's substantive review of the city's public financing program. CLC's comments include recommendations to improve public participation in San Francisco campaigns by amending the program's qualification requirements and by increasing the matching funds rate for city residents' contributions to candidates participating in the program.
Today, CLC submitted public comments to the Vermont State Ethics Commission regarding a proposed statutory ethics code. CLC’s comments support Vermont’s effort to promulgate a statute with meaningful safeguards to maintain Vermonters’ trust in their state government.
Specifically, CLC’s comments recommend changes to the proposed code’s gift rules, misuse of position provision, and outside and post-government employment restrictions. CLC also recommends that the Vermont State Ethics Commission house all financial disclosure documents and ethics disclosures required to be filed by state public servants in a searchable, sortable, and downloadable format on the ethics commission’s website.
An organization called Empower Texans and Michael Quinn Sullivan initiated a lawsuit asking the court to find the Texas Ethics Commission's enforcement powers unconstitutional. On Jan. 26, 2021, Campaign Legal Center filed an Amicus Curiae brief on behalf of the Texas Ethics Commission, arguing that the Court should affirm the lower court to ensure the Texas Ethics Commission retains its enforcement powers.
CLC sent a letter on December 19, 2018 to Chairman Gowdy and Ranking Member Cummings about potential undisclosed conflicts of interest on the part of Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, who was paid $1.2 million from a single, untraceable source in the three years before joining the Department of Justice. Whitaker was executive director of the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT), and was the organization's only full-time employee.
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.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed a supplemental complaint with Department of Justice's (DOJ) Office of Professional Responsibility asking for an investigation into Attorney General William P. Barr and former acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Timothy J. Shea. Their unusual move to dismiss a criminal case against an associate of President Trump and Attorney General Barr's intervention in peaceful protests near the White House conflict with legal requirements for the DOJ officials to act impartially and to insulate themselves from political influence.
CLC filed an ethics complaint before the EPA's Inspector General, asking for an investigation into conduct by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt for misuse of government position by trying to secure a business opportunity for his wife.
CLC filed a complaint against EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt asking for an investigation into his ethics conduct when he used his official position and government resources to try and secure a franchise opportunity for his wife at Chick-fil-A. CLC sent this to the EPA's Inspector General and the Office of Government Ethics.
CLC submitted a FOIA Request to the Department of Commerce to obtain information regarding Secretary Wilbur Ross' travel. The request comes in light of at least four U.S Cabinet members and one agency administrator who have used military or chartered aircrafts for personal use at the taxpayers' expense.
CLC filed a complaint with the Department of Commerce's Inspector General calling for an investigation into whether Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross violated the criminal laws on conflicts of interest and false statements. The complaint provides a detailed roadmap for the Inspector General to determine whether Ross has violated the law, pointing to the fact that Ross has not accounted for 46 assets that he pledged to divest.