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CLC filed a complaint with DOJ’s Office of Professional Responsibility asking for an investigation into Attorney General William P. Barr, Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen, and U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Timothy J. Shea. Their intervention in criminal cases involving associates of President Trump conflicts with legal requirements for the DOJ officials to act impartially and to insulate themselves from political influence.
CLC filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging that VoteVets made, and Pete Buttigieg’s campaign accepted, up to $639,000 in illegal contributions in the form of coordinated communications. On February 5, 2020, a senior Buttigieg campaign official tweeted, “Pete’s military experience and closing message from Iowa work everywhere especially in Nevada where it’s critical they see this on the air through the caucus.” One week later, the super PAC VoteVets appeared to follow through on that request when it launched $639,000 in pro-Buttigieg ads in Nevada highlighting those exact themes.
CLC filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. Supreme Court defending the constitutionality of the state of Delaware’s partisan balance requirements.
This amicus brief was filed by the League of Women Voters of Michigan in support of Defendants-Appellees.
This amicus brief was filed by Common Cause, the Leadership Now Project, Issue One, Equal Citizens Foundation, the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, and Represent Us, in support of Defendants-Appellees.
This amicus brief was filed by the Brennan Center in support of Defendants-Appellees.
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.
On February 3, 2020, VNP filed a brief in support of the lower court’s decision denying the plaintiffs-appellants’ motion for preliminary injunction.
CLC submitted comments to the IRS on Reg-1025308-16, in opposition to proposed rules that would eliminate confidential donor reporting for many nonprofits. The proposed rule would effectively invite illegal foreign spending in U.S. elections.
The U.S. Supreme Court dismissed an appeal from Virginia’s House of Delegates which sought to reinstate the state’s election maps after they had been struck down for racial gerrymandering. Campaign Legal Center submitted a friend-of-the-court brief with the Supreme Court in support of the Virginia citizens and voters who challenged Virginia’s racial gerrymander in September 2016.
On February 3, 2020, CLC filed comments with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) opposing proposed rules that would create new obstacles for shareholders to promote transparency in corporate political spending.
CLC filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging that “Society of Young Women Scientist and Engineers LLC,” which gave $150,000 to the super PAC 1820 PAC just five weeks after incorporating, violated the ban on making political contributions in the name of another.
On January 15, 2020, CLC sent a letter to the Yakima County Commission notifying it that the current system for electing candidates to the County Commission violates the Washington Voting Rights Act by denying Latino voters an opportunity to elect candidates of their choice to the Commission.
CLC filed this comment opposing the Census Bureau’s attempt to collect state administrative records, such as Department of Motor Vehicles data, for the purpose of producing data on citizen voting-age population (CVAP). President Trump has suggested that by producing statistics on the CVAP of each census block in the United States, the Census Bureau will enable states to draw voting districts that deny representation to non-U.S. citizens and minors. However, CLC argues that even if this type of redistricting were acceptable in the abstract (which it is not), it could not be accomplished using the data the Census Bureau plans to produce. The Bureau’s CVAP estimates will be too unreliable for redistricting, in part because state administrative records on citizenship are notoriously outdated and riddled with errors. Moreover, the Bureau’s collection of state citizenship records puts the 2020 Census at risk by stoking fear of the Bureau among non-U.S. citizens and their communities.
Libertarian think tanks Cato Institute and R Street Institute, together with the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection at Georgetown University Law Center, filed a friend of the court brief in support of voting rights. The groups argue that SB-7066’s requirement conditioning rights restoration on payment of LFOs is bad policy and violates the Fourteenth Amendment. The brief also argues that felony disenfranchisement is anti-democratic.
In January 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court ushered in a new era of big money in politics with the misguided decision Citizens United v. FEC. But even after Citizens United, Congress and state legislatures can still enact many important money-in-politics reforms that would protect the voices of voters in our democracy. This report briefly describes the six most important and impactful reforms.