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Campaign Legal Center (CLC) asks the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) to investigate Rep. Tom Malinowski for a possible violation of the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act and House rules. From 2019 to 2021, Rep. Malinowski made more than one hundred stock trades worth approximately between $1.3 million to $5 million without filing any periodic transaction reports as required by the STOCK Act and House rules.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) organized a coalition sign on letter of 11 organizations to oppose a bill that would reinstate prison-based gerrymandering in Maryland. The letter advocates for the protection of the “No Representation Without Population Act” – which was in danger of repeal – to ensure that incarcerated individuals are counted as residents in the place they lived prior to their imprisonment.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) submitted testimony to oppose the repeal of the “No Representation Without Population Act”, which was being considered by the Maryland state legislature with S.B. 619. The testimony stated that reinstating prison-based gerrymandering in Maryland would distort the redistricting process and deprive Maryland communities of fair and equal representation.
On Feb. 17, 2021, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) joined Common Cause Rhode Island and the League of Women Voters of Rhode Island in filing an amicus brief in federal appellate court to support Rhode Island’s defense of its transparency law for groups that spend significant amounts of money to influence state elections.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) conducted research comparing the enforcement activity of the Senate Ethics Committee and Office of Congressional Ethics over the past ten years.
On Feb. 25, 2021, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) submitted a letter in support of SB 571 in Oregon to the Senate Committee on Judiciary. The bill would restore the right to vote to Oregonians currently incarcerated for felony convictions and reenfranchise tens of thousands of people.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) fact checks a mass email claiming that the For the People Act, H.R. 1 will use taxpayer money to pay members of Congress a, “second salary worth as much as $600,000 per year (based on CBO estimates).” This claim is a complete fiction.
On Feb. 23, 2021, former Federal Election Commission (FEC) commissioners Trevor Potter and Ann Ravel sent a letter to congressional leaders expressing their support for the FEC reform provisions in the For the People Act, H.R. 1/S. 1.
On Feb. 22, 2021, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) sent a letter to New York's speaker of the State Assembly, Senate majority leader, and governor in support of a bill that would automatically restore voting rights for all New Yorkers with felony convictions upon their release from prison. This milestone legislation would reenfranchise tens of thousands of New Yorkers, streamline the rights restoration process, require state and local officials to provide formerly incarcerated individuals notice of their voting rights restoration upon release and cement New York’s commitment to rights restoration immediately upon release from incarceration, a policy which currently could be unilaterally reversed by a future governor’s office.
CLC's 2019 IRS Form 990.
On Feb. 17, 2021, Campaign Legal Center Action and Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging that the super PAC NRA Victory Fund violated its reporting obligations by failing to disclose employer and occupation information for 98% of its individual contributors.
On Feb. 16, 2021, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) sued the Federal Election Commission (FEC) for failing to take action on the complaint it filed against Heritage Action for America for failing to disclose who paid for its election advertising within the thirty day window required by the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA).
On Feb. 18, 2021, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) submitted its written testimony to the DC Council's judiciary committee regarding the DC Fair Elections Program and potential revisions to the Fair Elections Act. CLC's testimony includes recommendations intended to ensure the program's continued success during future elections in the District.
On Feb. 15, 2021, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) joined with Southern Poverty Law Center Action Fund to write a letter to Mississippi Lieutenant Gov. Delbert Hosemann and other Mississippi legislators opposing a pending bill that discriminates against naturalized citizens. The bill copies a procedure of comparing voter registration data against outdated citizenship data from Department of Motorized Vehicles (DMV) databases that has been proven to fail repeatedly, including in CLC's litigation against a similar process in Texas.
On Feb. 16, 2021, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia ruled on the state of Georgia’s motion for summary judgment on jurisdictional issues in Fair Fight Action v. Raffensperger. The court found that the plaintiffs have standing to proceed on several of their claims, and the case can now proceed to a decision on the merits of plaintiffs’ claims. Campaign Legal Center (CLC) represents the plaintiffs in this case, which include Fair Fight Action, Care in Action, Ebenezer Baptist Church of Atlanta, Baconton Missionary Baptist Church, Virginia-Highland Church, and The Sixth Episcopal District.
On Feb. 12, 2021, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed suit against Iowa Values, a nonprofit 501(c)(4) corporation that violated federal campaign finance law. Despite its major purpose of supporting the reelection of U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, Iowa Values failed to register as a PAC and publicly disclose its donors and the recipients of its spending. CLC filed this citizen suit against Iowa Values after the Federal Election Commission (FEC) failed to enforce the law and a court ordered that the FEC’s inaction entitled CLC to sue Iowa Values directly under the Federal Election Campaign Act’s citizen suit provision.
CLC's Audited Financial Statement from FY 2019.
This report by Campaign Legal Center (CLC) and the League of Women Voters empowers those interested in strengthening democracy at the state level with the tools and knowledge needed to ensure that their respective redistricting processes are transparent and accountable and ensures members of the public at-large and communities of interest can provide meaningful input during the redistricting cycle.