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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.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) developed a memo explaining how the democracy reforms in The For the People Act (H.R. 1/S. 1) are drawn from bills that have long had bipartisan political sponsorship at both the federal and state levels, and how H.R 1/S/ 1's provisions would address problematic practices employed by both Democrats and Republicans.
On Jan. 25, 2021, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed public comments with the Oregon Secretary of State's office regarding a proposed rulemaking to implement new disclaimer requirements for political advertisements. CLC's comments include specific recommendations to help ensure that Oregon's administrative rules comprehensively apply to digital communications and provide Oregon voters with key information about sources of political advertising in their state.
On Jan. 20, 2021, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in Brnovich v. DNC, urging the court to affirm the Ninth Circuit of Appeal's decision finding that Arizona’s out-of-precinct and ballot collection policies violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. CLC’s brief specifically urges the court to confirm the appropriate causation standard under Section 2, which the Ninth Circuit applied in the case below.
On Jan. 14, 2021, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) sent a letter to members of Washington State House Committee on State Government & Tribal Relations urging them to support and advance HB 1078 to restore voting rights to people on probation and parole and eliminate Washington's modern-day poll tax.
In advance of the first Federal Election Commission (FEC) meeting with its new quorum, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) sent a letter to the agency urging it to proceed with several long-pending rulemaking matters pertaining to abuses of leadership PAC funds, donor transparency, digital ad disclaimers, "zombie campaigns," and more.
In a series of explainers, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) shows how passing and signing into law H.R. 1 would improve our democracy by increasing election access and access to vote-by-mail, establishing independent redistricting commissions, promoting transparency in elections and digital ads, stopping foreign money in U.S. elections, creating a public financing system, enacting Federal Election Commission reforms, ending super PAC coordination, and creating an ethics pledge for senior executive branch officials.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging that the super PAC Our American Century made illegal contributions to Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. by republishing a Trump campaign ad in its entirety and paying to run the ad on Google platforms.
H.R.1, "For the People Act" was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. This landmark legislation would: increase transparency of campaign spending; set up a system of small-donor matching funds for congressional candidates; revive the matching-fund system for presidential campaigns; expand conflict-of-interest laws; increase oversight of lobbyists; end partisan gerrymandering of congressional districts; establish nationwide automatic voter registration; and reinforce the Voting Rights Act.
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.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) voices its strong support of the For the People Act in a letter to key House and Senate members and urges Congress to prioritize passage during the early days of the 117th Congress.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging that March On PAC, a super PAC that supported Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mike Espy in Mississippi, illegally coordinated activities with the Espy campaign.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging that Ditch Fund, a super PAC that supported Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Amy McGrath in Kentucky, illegally coordinated up to $7 million in spending with the McGrath campaign through the use of a common vendor.
To protect our right to self-governance, federal law bans foreign nationals, including foreign citizens and governments, from spending in federal, state, and local elections. However, in 2016 and 2018, foreign interests spent substantial sums to influence U.S. elections – exposing the vulnerabilities of campaign finance laws.
On Dec. 3, 2020, Campaign Legal Center (CLC), The Tennessee Conference of the NAACP, and five individual plaintiffs filed a class action lawsuit against Tenneesse's Governor, Commissioner of the Department of Correction, Coordinator of Elections, and Secretary of State and the Rutherford County Clerk of Circuit Court. This case challenges, under the procedural due process clause, the state's unequal, inaccessible, opaque, and error-ridden implementation of the statutes granting restoration of voting rights to citizens who lost the right to vote because of a felony conviction under the procedural due process clause.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed a complaint with the Senate Ethics Committee requesting an investigation of whether Sen. Kelly Loeffler violated federal law and Senate rules by soliciting campaign contributions in a Senate building.