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On August 3, 2021, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit dismissed Rio Grande Foundation’s appeal for lack of standing.
WASHINGTON - Today, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) against 23 super PACs that had worked to illegally conceal their affiliation - denying voters the right to know who is spending big money to influence their vote.
Campaign Legal Center and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund produced a report on polling place closures in Louisiana and resources for organizers to advocate for better in-person voting in the state.
On April 23, 2021, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) posted messaging guidance for this case, advising that a case about the constitutionality of California’s confidential tax reporting law should not be permitted to dilute the Court’s well-established precedents upholding transparency laws. Permitting the wealthy and powerful to exempt themselves from disclosure to avoid a critical public response would harm political transparency laws and undercut the free flow of information and robust debate the First Amendment is meant to protect.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling declaring California’s confidential tax reporting law unconstitutional should not be permitted to dilute the Court’s well-established precedents upholding electoral transparency laws.
On June 11, 2021, Danielle Lang, Campaign Legal Center's (CLC) director of voting rights, testified on two of the most significant ways in which the right to vote has been restricted in recent years: first through attacks on the quality of in-person voting sites, i.e., polling places, and second through restrictions on opportunities to vote–including early voting, vote-by-mail and drop boxes. Both topics highlight the dire need for federal legislative action to ensure that all levels of government afford Americans meaningful and equitable opportunities to exercise their fundamental right to vote.
On July 15, 2021, Campaign Legal Center filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleging that eighteen Democratic and Republican super PACs – which collectively spent more that $200 million in competitive U.S. Senate elections – violated federal law by concealing from voters that they were created and funded by five national super PACs aligned with congressional leadership.
On July 9, 2021, CLC presented testimony to the Montana Districting and Apportionment Commission in support of ending prison gerrymandering using the reallocation method.
On July 8, 2021, CLC and partners filed a motion for preliminary injunction on behalf of clients VoteAmerica and Voter Participation Center asking the court to prevent enforcement of HB 2332 and to allow plaintiffs to distribute advance mail ballot applications to Kansas voters.
On July 9, 2021, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed rulemaking comments with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) urging it to act on REG 2011-02: Internet Communication Disclaimers. This rulemaking has been languishing for almost a decade, during which time the FEC’s regulation of political advertising—especially digital ads, including those on connected television—has become dangerously outdated.
On July 7, 2021, CLC sent a letter to the DOJ requesting an investigation into whether Evan Muhlstein violated 18 U.S.C. § 1001(a) by making false representations to the FEC, and into whether those behind America Progress Now knowingly and willfully violated federal campaign finance law. The letter follows the publication in the Guardian of documents from a Facebook investigation into America Progress Now.
On July 1, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision holding that Arizona's out-of-precinct policy and its ban on ballot collection do not violate Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, and the ban on ballot collection was not enacted with a racially discriminatory purpose. On Jan. 20, 2021, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in the case.
Campaign Legal Center and Center on Science & Technology Policy at Duke University filed a rulemaking petition with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) asking the agency to close transparency loopholes that have allowed campaigns and political action committees (PAC) to disguise millions of dollars in political spending.
On June 21, 2021, a federal district court issued an opinion in New Jersey Bankers Association v. Grewal that in part upheld New Jersey's longstanding statutory prohibition against banks making contributions to state candidates. CLC filed an amicus brief supporting New Jersey's defense of its bank contribution prohibition in December 2020.