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On behalf of the League of Women Voters of Texas, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) wrote to Texas’ Secretary of State to inform him that his office’s refusal to provide voter registration organizations with adequate voter registration forms violates the National Voter Registration Act.
Oral Arguments for Federal Election Commission (FEC) vs. Ted Cruz for Senate will be held on Jan. 19, 2022. Campaign Legal Center (CLC) has filed two amicus briefs in this case, urging the Court to uphold the constitutionality of the challenged law that limits post-election fundraising.
On Dec. 20, 2021, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed public comments with the Oregon Secretary of State's office concerning a proposed rulemaking to clarify the state's administrative rule for campaign advertising disclaimers. CLC's comments recommend making minor changes to the secretary's final rule to ensure that disclaimer statements on digital campaign ads are clearly visible.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) sent letters to the the Executive Office of United States Attorneys (EOUSA), U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), Institute of Museum and Library Services, General Services Administration (GSA), Election Assistance Commission (ECA) and U.S. Marshal Service asking them to deliver on President Biden's executive order to promote greater voting access by ensuring that jailed voters and voters with felony convictions on their records can participate in our democracy.
On Dec. 9, 2021, a federal district court denied the defendants’ motion to dismiss the lawsuit brought by VoteAmerica and Voter Participation Center/Center for Voter Information challenging Georgia SB 202’s provisions that violate the groups’ First Amendment rights to distribute vote-by-mail applications.
This report details Arizona's current campaign finance laws, including legal gaps and shortcomings, and recommends policy solutions to fight corruption and to ensure that Arizonans know the real sources spending big money in their elections.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) submitted a letter to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) identifying ways the department can improve voting access for recipients of HUD’s public housing authority services and for Native people who access HUD’s Office of Native American Programs in accordance with President Biden’s Executive Order Promoting Access to Voting, including expanding access to registration opportunities, providing voter education, improving data collection and ensuring recipients have access to documents to serve as proof of residency.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) submitted a letter to the U.S. Department of the Interior identifying ways the department can improve voting access for Native Americans in accordance with President Biden’s Executive Order Promoting Access to Voting, including expanding opportunities for voter registration and education, reducing barriers to casting a ballot, facilitating government-to-government coordination between tribes, states and localities and assisting other federal agencies in improving services that impact Native voters.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) released a report on the tools that ethics commissions can use to promote transparency and serve a vital role in our democracy by upholding transparency principles and administering various laws and rules intended to preserve the public’s trust in government.
On Dec. 2, 2021, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) sent a letter on behalf of All Voting is Local, Ohio Voice and Common Cause Ohio to Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost requesting he issue a formal opinion regarding Ohio law R.C. § 3501.054. The law is causing confusion among local election officials as to what election activities, including critical voter outreach and education efforts, they can continue to conduct in collaboration with outside organizations, and therefore, CLC requested that Attorney General Yost, as the state’s chief law officer, issue a formal opinion clarifying that election officials may continue their important partnerships with pro-voter organizations and groups.
On Dec. 1, 2021, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed a complaint with the Missouri Ethics Commission alleging Eric Greitens' gubernatorial campaign committee, Greitens for Missouri, violated state campaign finance law by failing to disclose in-kind contributions made to Greitens' U.S. Senate campaign.
On Nov. 12, 2021, the Louisiana Secretary of State responded to the Campaign Legal Center’s demands on behalf of the Grand Caillou/Dulac Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw and Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe to ensure that tribal members have access to the ballot box during the fall 2021 elections. The secretary’s response details the actions his office took and methods for displaced voters to cast a ballot.
On Nov. 29, 2021, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) submitted public comments to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) regarding proposed amendments to its disclosure rule for "commercial advertisers," including online platforms, that sell political advertising in state elections. CLC's comments include several recommendations that would ensure the PDC's amended rule continues to facilitate public access to important information about political ads concerning candidates and ballot measures in Washington.
On Nov. 22, 2021, Campaign Legal Center (CLC)—joined by Citizens for Ethics & Responsibility in Washington (CREW), Common Cause and Democracy 21—filed an amicus curiae brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in FEC v. Ted Cruz for Senate. The brief urges the Court to uphold the constitutionality of the challenged law, a provision of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA) that limits the post-election repayment of candidates’ personal loans to their campaigns. As noted in the amicus brief, contributions raised after Election Day to repay a candidate’s personal loans are functionally personal gifts to the candidate, not campaign speech, and limiting cash gifts that personally enrich candidates is a well justified and commonsensical protection against corruption and self-dealing.
On Nov. 19, 2021, a federal district court denied Iowa Value's motion to dismiss Campaign Legal Center's (CLC) private enforcement action against the group, recognizing that the citizen suit provision in federal campaign finance law is a “safeguard to protect the First Amendment rights of complainants” like CLC.
A federal court in Kansas enjoined the state’s new restrictions on voter advocacy organizations’ speech seeking to encourage and assist Kansans to vote by mail.
On July 20, 2021, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging Rep. Jim Hagedorn's campaign committee illegally accepted corporate contributions in the form of free office rent.
On Nov. 19, 2021, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed a supplement to its complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging Rep. Jim Hagedorn's campaign committee illegally accepted corporate contributions in the form of free office rent. An Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) probe confirmed the allegations.
Through a 2018 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) received 734 pages of documents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) about their involvement with the failed Pence-Kobach Commission on alleged voter fraud. These documents reveal, as expected, that there have been almost zero prosecutions of noncitizens for voting (pages 33-34), and they also reveal that, despite Kris Kobach’s claims to the contrary, ICE did not agree to and did not take on the work of the defunct commission (page 412).
On Nov. 18, 2021, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) and Issue One (IO) submitted to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) their joint report documenting abuses of leadership PAC funds in the 2020 election cycle. The letter urged the FEC to proceed with a rulemaking that prohibits the use of leadership PAC funds for personal expenses.