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Campaign Legal Center (CLC) submitted testimony in support of amending the Washington Voting Rights Act (WVRA) to include a preclearance system. CLC’s testimony focused on the benefits of preclearing election law changes to avoid costly litigation and prevent discriminatory voting practices from coming into effect, as well as the ease of administering a preclearance system.
On May 5, 2022, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed suit against Heritage Action for America, a secret money group that spent more than $300,000 expressly advocating for congressional candidates in 2018. The suit alleges that Heritage Action failed to report its contributors as required by federal campaign finance law.
Kedric Payne, Campaign Legal Center's (CLC) vice president, general counsel, and senior director, ethics, testified on the Supreme Court’s approach to ethics, transparency and accountability. His testimony focused on how the Supreme Court’s ethics rules lag behind the executive and legislative branches.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) submitted this written statement for the record as part of a May 2022 hearing on "Laws and Enforcement Governing the Political Activities of Tax-Exempt Entities" conducted by the United States Senate Committee on Finance. CLC’s statement summarizes what more should be done to protect voters’ right to transparent political campaigns amidst ongoing misuse of federal nonprofit and tax code rules to hide the true sources of election spending.
On May 2, 2022, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging that William Pulte and/or unknown contributors violated the federal straw donor ban by making a $500,000 contribution in the name of “ML Organization, LLC," an obscure Delaware limited liability company, to “Make America Great Again, Again!”, a super PAC that is closely aligned with former President Donald J. Trump and intends to support Trump-endorsed candidates in the 2022 midterm congressional elections.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed a friend of the court brief on behalf several former Department of Justice attorneys in Arkansas NAACP v. State of Arkansas. In Arkansas NAACP v. State of Arkansas, organizations appealed a federal district court’s decision that private parties are not allowed to file lawsuits under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) and Citizens Union filed an amicus brief in support of neither party explaining the harms and undemocratic nature of extreme partisan gerrymandering and urging the New York Court of Appeals to apply the state’s express constitutional standards barring gerrymandering and invalidate any maps that constitute partisan gerrymanders.
On March 7, 2022, the Rhode Island State Board of Elections Respondents filed a brief in the Supreme Court in opposition to a petition seeking review of the state’s top-five donor disclaimer requirement, which requires groups to disclose their top five largest contributors on certain electioneering ads. Along with the Rhode Island Office of Attorney General, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) served as outside co-counsel to the respondents in the Supreme Court.
Following a four-day trial, a Kansas district court concluded that the congressional map enacted by the Kansas Legislature is a partisan gerrymander that also intentionally and effectively dilutes minority votes in violation of the Kansas Constitution. The court enjoined the use of the map in future elections, including in 2022.
On April 22, 2022, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed suit against 45Committee, a secret money group that spent as much as $38 million in 2016 to help elect former President Donald Trump. The suit alleges that 45Committee failed to register as a political committee as required by federal law, thereby avoiding disclosure of its donors and spending.
On April 21, 2022, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia found that the Federal Election Commission failed to conform with the court’s Nov. 8, 2021 order directing the agency to end its delay in acting on CLC’s allegations against 45Committee, and accordingly, ordered that CLC may bring an action to enforce FECA against 45Committee.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed an amicus brief in support of neither party explaining the harms and undemocratic nature of extreme partisan gerrymandering and urging a New York appellate court to apply the state’s express constitutional standards barring gerrymandering and invalidate any maps that constitute partisan gerrymanders.
Following a four-day trial in Wyandotte County District Court, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) and its partners filed proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law, asking the trial court to hold that the Kansas congressional redistricting plan, known as Ad Astra 2, violates the Kansas Constitution because it is an extreme partisan gerrymander and because it intentionally dilutes the votes of minority voters.
Campaign Legal Center submitted this amicus brief to the Maryland Court of Appeals advocating for the court to explicitly rule that partisan gerrymandering violates the Maryland Declaration of Rights.
On April 11, 2022, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) submitted a statement in support of the proposed Democracy Dollars program in Oakland to the Oakland Public Ethics Commission. The Democracy Dollars program would establish a voucher-based public financing system for several elected offices in Oakland, California.
The Federal Election Commission (FEC) found reason to believe that Zekelman Industries, Inc., Wheatland Tube, LLC, and Barry Zekelman violated the foreign national contribution ban and issued a record-breaking $975,000 civil penalty. The decision follows a 2019 complaint filed by Campaign Legal Center (CLC.)
On April 6, 2022, CLC submitted a letter to the New Hampshire House Committee on Judiciary urging the committee to oppose Senate Bill 302, an anti-transparency bill that would make it more difficult for the public to know who is spending big money to influence New Hampshire government and elections.
On March 30, 2022, the U.S. District Court in the Middle District of Tennessee denied in large part Tennessee's motion to dismiss the Tennessee NAACP's challenge to the state's failed voting rights restoration process. The claims under the U.S. Constitution will proceed, as well as a claim that Tennessee has violated the National Voter Registration Act.
On April 1, 2022, the court denied plaintiffs’ motion for preliminary injunction in Banerian v. Benson, upholding the Michigan Independent Redistricting Commission’s enacted congressional redistricting plan.