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CLC filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging repeated violations of the foreign national contribution ban and the straw donor ban. The complaint outlines a two-year pattern of Chinese nationals being invited to U.S. political fundraisers at six-figure costs, often with promises of photos with President Trump, and then appearing at those fundraisers. The evidence suggests that U.S. nationals are being reimbursed for their political contributions with funds paid by Chinese nationals participating in these political tourism packages, in apparent violation of multiple provisions of U.S. campaign finance law.
CLC, Issue One, and five former members of Congress submitted a letter to the FEC urging it to proceed with a rulemaking on extending the personal use prohibition to politicians’ leadership PACs. Included with this letter was a copy of CLC and Issue One’s new report, All Expenses Still Paid, which documents the ongoing abuses of leadership PAC funds.
Issue One and Campaign Legal Center released a report documenting the ongoing abuses of leadership PACs. In the absence of action by Congress and the FEC, politicians continue to use their leadership PAC funds for travel, resort stays, meals, and more—while many devote only a minority of funds to contributions to other candidates and political groups. CLC, Issue One, and five former members of Congress also attached this report to a letter to the FEC urging it to proceed with a rulemaking on this issue.
On May 11, 2018, CLC, along with the Southern Center for Human Rights, sent a letter to the Georgia Secretary of State and Georgia Director of Elections requesting records relating to the processes and procedures used by the state for identifying voters who are ineligible to vote based on a felony conviction and a determination that they have not completed their sentence. Specifically, the letter requests (1) the policies and procedures related to determining whether any given felony conviction is disqualifying because it involves moral turpitude; and (2) the policies and procedures used to determine whether service of any particular sentence is complete and the relevance of any outstanding legal financial obligations to that determination.
On August 14, 2018, CLC, along with the Southern Center for Human Rights, sent a letter to the Georgia Secretary of State and Georgia Director of Elections requesting specific documents relating to the state’s felony disenfranchisement policies and its processes for determining the eligibility of people with felony convictions to register to vote. The letter responded to the documents produced by the state in response to the CLC and SCHR’s earlier NVRA notice letter, dated May 11, 2018.
On February 26, 2019, CLC, along with the Southern Center for Human Rights, sent a letter to the Office of the Attorney General of Georgia requesting the policies and procedures governing the voter eligibility and voter registration of individuals in Georgia who have been convicted of felonies. The letter explains how Georgia’s guidance on the question of when the sentences of disenfranchised individuals are deemed “complete,” such that they may register to vote, has been incomplete and inconsistent. Specifically, Georgia has not clarified how an individual’s outstanding legal financial obligations affect his or her eligibility to vote. The letter urges Georgia’s officials to modify the state voter registration form and the Georgia-specific instructions on the federal voter registration form to describe these policies. The letter was sent pursuant to the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (“NVRA”).
CLC sent letters to state officials across the country informing them that their voter registration forms were not up-to-date and did not accurately explain voter eligibility.
CLC filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on May 21, 2019 citing evidence that Barry Zekelman, Wheatland Tube, LLC and Zekelman Industries violated the prohibition on foreign nationals making contributions in connection with a federal election.
On May 21, 2019, the en banc D.C. Circuit rejected all three of the Libertarian Party’s constitutional challenges to the federal contribution limits, finding that the First Amendment does not require “as applied” exceptions from facially valid contribution limits for supposedly non-corruptive bequests, and upholding the higher special-purpose “cromnibus” limits as a valid “tweak in Congress’s decades-long project to fine-tune” our campaign finance laws. The decision reaffirms that contribution limits are permissible preventative anti-corruption measures and that courts should defer to Congress’s empirical judgments about where precisely to set the dollar amounts of such limits.
In response to CLC’s FOIA Request, the Civil Rights Division (CRD) of the Department of Justice filed a Declaration detailing CRD’s efforts to comply with CLC’s FOIA Request. The Declaration included a Vaughn Index, which listed a description of documents withheld or redacted by CRD, along with the applicable legal exemptions that they claimed as justification for withholding or redacting the documents.
In response to CLC’s FOIA Request, the Office of Information Policy (OIP) of the Department of Justice filed a Declaration detailing OIP’s efforts to comply with CLC’s FOIA Request. The Declaration included a Vaughn Index, which listed a description of documents withheld or redacted by OIP, along with the applicable legal exemptions that they claimed as justification for withholding or redacting the documents.