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On Feb. 17, 2021, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) joined Common Cause Rhode Island and the League of Women Voters of Rhode Island in filing an amicus brief in federal appellate court to support Rhode Island’s defense of its transparency law for groups that spend significant amounts of money to influence state elections.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) fact checks a mass email claiming that the For the People Act, H.R. 1 will use taxpayer money to pay members of Congress a, “second salary worth as much as $600,000 per year (based on CBO estimates).” This claim is a complete fiction.
On Feb. 23, 2021, former Federal Election Commission (FEC) commissioners Trevor Potter and Ann Ravel sent a letter to congressional leaders expressing their support for the FEC reform provisions in the For the People Act, H.R. 1/S. 1.
On Feb. 17, 2021, Campaign Legal Center Action and Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging that the super PAC NRA Victory Fund violated its reporting obligations by failing to disclose employer and occupation information for 98% of its individual contributors.
On Feb. 16, 2021, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) sued the Federal Election Commission (FEC) for failing to take action on the complaint it filed against Heritage Action for America for failing to disclose who paid for its election advertising within the thirty day window required by the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA).
On Feb. 18, 2021, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) submitted its written testimony to the DC Council's judiciary committee regarding the DC Fair Elections Program and potential revisions to the Fair Elections Act. CLC's testimony includes recommendations intended to ensure the program's continued success during future elections in the District.
On Feb. 12, 2021, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed suit against Iowa Values, a nonprofit 501(c)(4) corporation that violated federal campaign finance law. Despite its major purpose of supporting the reelection of U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, Iowa Values failed to register as a PAC and publicly disclose its donors and the recipients of its spending. CLC filed this citizen suit against Iowa Values after the Federal Election Commission (FEC) failed to enforce the law and a court ordered that the FEC’s inaction entitled CLC to sue Iowa Values directly under the Federal Election Campaign Act’s citizen suit provision.
On Jan. 27, 2021, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued an order declaring that the FEC has failed to conform with the district court's default judgment order from October 2020.
On Oct. 14, 2020, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia found the Federal Election Commission's (FEC) failure to act on Campaign Legal Center's (CLC) administrative complaint against Iowa Values was "contrary to law" and ordering the FEC to conform by taking action on CLC's administrative complaint within 90 days.
On June 30, 2020, CLC filed suit against the FEC for failing to act on our administrative complaint demonstrating that Iowa Values, a nonprofit 501(c)(4) corporation, violated federal campaign finance law by failing to register as a political committee and publicly disclose its donors. CLC's administrative complaint had been pending with the FEC for over 190 days.
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. 28, 2021, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) supplemented its 2020 complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging that former President Trump's campaign and joint fundraising committee violated campaign finance law's reporting requirements by laundering $769 million through shell companies organized and run by senior campaign officials, including American Made Media Consultants (AMMC). New reporting shows that Jared Kushner approved AMMC’s formation and that its board initially included members of the former president’s and former vice president’s families who also held senior roles with the Trump campaign.
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.
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.