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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 April 3, in response to CLC's lawsuit, the Department of Justice finally unredacted some of the names in this email chain. In particular, they unredacted Hans von Spakovsky’s name from the email and the name of the individual who received the email and forwarded it to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Ed Haden. Ed Haden previously served as a top staffer for Attorney General Sessions when he was a Senator. He is now a partner with Balch & Bingham LLP. CLC will continue the suit to ensure full transparency and uncover all of the names in this document so that its importance and relevance can be fully understood. This is our letter to DOJ.
CLC submitted a complaint to the DC District Court to compel the Department of Justice to produce unredacted records in response to the Feb. 17, 2017 FOIA about the Pence-Kobach Commission.
The Black Leaders Organizing Communities (BLOC) et al. Petitioners’ brief was filed with the Wisconsin Supreme Court in support of their proposed State Assembly and Senate plans, along with supporting analyses and materials. The BLOC petitioners allege that the current state legislative maps are unconstitutionally malapportioned and that the State Assembly map violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act by diluting Black voting strength in the Milwaukee area.
This is the appendix for the Black Leaders Organizing Communities (BLOC) petitioners' brief filed on Dec. 15, 2021, including the petitioners’ proposed maps and expert reports of Dr. Ken Mayer, Dr. Loren Collingwood and Dr. David Canon.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) submitted a demonstrative plan on behalf of the plaintiffs for Milwaukee-area state assembly districts to remedy vote dilution.
A manual for helping people with felony convictions restore their voting rights in Tennessee. This manual first details how you can determine what a person’s path to rights restoration will look like: if they ever lost their right to vote and whether and how they can apply to have it restored. It also includes template versions of the paperwork a person may need to complete and contact information for some groups who can help further.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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).
The Colorado Supreme Court issued a decision approving the independent redistricting commission’s congressional redistricting plans, over objections of CLC’s client LULAC, and others, that the plan dilutes the electoral influence of Latino voters.
On Oct. 28, 2021, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) sent a letter on behalf of the Grand Caillou/Dulac Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw and Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe who were devastated by Hurricane Ida to urge Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin to take measures to ensure that Louisiana tribal communities can vote in the Nov. 13, 2021 and Dec. 13, 2021 elections.
On Aug. 17, 2021, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) submitted the following comments regarding the Colorado Independent Redistricting Commission staff’s preliminary congressional and state legislative plans on behalf of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and the Colorado League of United Latin American Citizens (Colorado LULAC).
The first staff congressional plan proposed to the Colorado Independent Redistricting Commission dilutes the electoral influence of Colorado’s Latino Voters. On Sept. 10, 2021, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) submitted comments to the commission outlining the deficiencies in the proposed plan.