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Campaign Legal Center (CLC), Protect Democracy, Issue One and RepresentUS commissioned a national poll. The poll, which was conducted by AGL Research, a Democratic firm, and GS Strategy Group, a Republican firm, revealed that there is robust support for updating the Electoral Count Act (ECA) across party lines and that most voters believe there is a real threat that a party in Congress will try to overturn the results of an upcoming presidential election to put their own candidate in power.
On Oct. 25, 2021, Campaign Legal Center's (CLC) Senior Director for Voting Rights Danielle Lang sent the White House a letter urging executive action on voting access, including executive orders declaring Election Day a holiday for all federal employees and requiring that all federal contractors grant their employees paid leave to vote and/or volunteer at the polls.
On Oct. 21, 2021, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed public comments with the Wyoming Secretary of State's office regarding the proposed rulemaking to define "direct coordination" between candidates and PACs or political parties. Our comments make several recommendations that would strengthen Wyoming's final rule to ensure it effectively prevents the circumvention of the state's restrictions on corporate contributions to candidates.
This manual is a resource for activists and advocates who are helping people with felony convictions vote in Arizona. For more information on felony disenfranchisement, see our online tool RestoreYourVote — updated Aug. 26, 2021.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed a complaint with the U.S. Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) asking for an investigation into Rep. Seth Moulton for possibly converting leadership PAC funds to personal use, in violation of the House Rules. Only 8% of Rep. Moulton's leadership PAC spending from 2019 to 2020 went toward other candidates and political parties and groups.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed a complaint with the U.S. Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) asking for an investigation into Rep. Mike Kelly for possibly converting leadership PAC funds to personal use, in violation of the House Rules. Only 22% of Rep. Kelly's leadership PAC spending from 2019 to 2020 went toward other candidates and political parties and groups.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed a complaint with the U.S. Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) asking for an investigation into Rep. Moore for possibly converting leadership PAC funds to personal use, in violation of the House Rules. Only 12% of Rep. Moore's leadership PAC spending from 2019 to 2020 went toward other candidates and political parties and groups.
On Oct. 4, 2021, Campaign Legal Center (CLC), the Center on Science & Technology Policy and the Center on Technology Policy filed a formal rulemaking comment urging the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to close a transparency loophole that has allowed campaigns and super political action committees (PAC) to conceal the recipients of hundreds of millions of dollars of campaign spending by routing that money through shell corporations and other intermediaries.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) released a report on Aug. 11, 2021 grading states on their 2021 legislative sessions. This is the first report to zoom in on how states have changed their vote-by-mail and early voting laws this year, finding that seven states enacted restrictive laws in the first half of the year. The report uses a 10-point scale to grade the performance of all states that have completed their legislative sessions, examining the impact of changes caused by COVID-19 and detailing which states are making those changes permanent.
This backgrounder can be used by members of the media and the public to guide their understanding of the electoral process of electing a President.
New research from Campaign Legal Center (CLC) and Issue One shows scores of lawmakers are using leadership PAC funds for lavish dining, lodging and travel expenses. In a follow up report to findings published in 2018 and 2019, CLC and Issue One found that 120 lawmakers spent less than half of their leadership PAC funds on political spending during the 2019-20 election cycle.
On September 15, 2021, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) and other partners sent a letter to the Iberia Parish Council in Louisiana urging them to provide answers and resources to voters whose polling places were abruptly closed ahead of the statewide Fall 2021 elections.
On Sept. 30, 2021, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia ordered the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to take action on a complaint filed by Giffords and Campaign Legal Center (CLC) against the National Rifle Association (NRA) for illegally coordinating millions of dollars in election spending with at least seven federal candidates.
On Sept. 17, 2021, the Department of Justice (DOJ) produced additional documents in response to Campaign Legal Center's (CLC) FOIA request for documents pertaining to DOJ’s request to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.
CLC with its partners at the Prison Policy Initiative submitted a letter to the Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons calling on the agency to share data necessary to allow states and localities to implement two pro-democracy reforms: enacting universal enfranchisement and abolishing prison gerrymandering.
On Sept. 17, 2021, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) submitted written comments to the Virginia General Assembly's Joint Subcommittee to Study Comprehensive Campaign Finance Reform. Our comments highlight the Supreme Court's jurisprudence upholding election disclosure laws and urge the joint subcommittee to consider transparency reforms for Virginia election campaigns.
On Sept. 15, 2021, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) submitted comments to the Virginia State Board of Elections, urging the board to adopt rules regarding political ad disclaimers that include specific requirements for digital political ads.
On Sept. 13, 2021, Campaign Legal Center Action (CLCA) filed an amicus brief in support of campaign workers and supporters of a 2020 presidential campaign invoking their rights under the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871 to be free from political intimidation.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) submitted comments to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission on Aug. 20, 2021. The comments included several recommendations that would fortify the transparency of digital advertising in state elections.