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On May 12, 2021, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging that unknown donors secretly gave $75,000 to the Democratic super political action committee (PAC) Lone Star Forward in the name of "Tomfoolery LLC," which does not appear to exist.
On May 3, 2021, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed a motion for summary judgment on behalf of plaintiffs Evangelina Aguilar, Candy Gutierrez, Rogelio Montes, Susan Soto Palmer and OneAmerica in the first case challenging a method of elections in Washington under the Washington Voting Rights Act.
Paul Smith, Campaign Legal Center's (CLC) vice president of litigation & strategy, testified on the Supreme Court's approach to deciding constitutional issues and the importance of fact-finding. He discusses two Supreme Court decisions, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and Shelby County v. Holder, to show how the Supreme Court made factual misjudgments in deciding those cases.
On April 25, 2021, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) submitted this statement to the Maine legislature in support of L.D. 1417, a bill that seeks to protect Maine elections from the potential for corruption and the appearance of corruption by banning direct corporate contributions to candidates. CLC supports this bill, with suggested amendments, because it aims to ensure that candidates and elected officials answer to their constituents and not just to the influence of wealthy special interests.
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.
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 April 22, 2021.
On April 20, 2021, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) explained why the defendant's motion to dismiss should be denied. Among other things, the defendant's arguments fail to identify any constitutional defect in the Federal Election Campaign Act's (FECA) long-standing private right of action to use administrative complainants to pursue civil enforcement of the law in certain, limited circumstances, which promotes the First Amendment right to access information about who is spending money to influence federal elections.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC), on behalf of itself, All Voting is Local Florida, the ACLU of Florida, the League of Women Voters of Florida, Democracy for All Florida and Opportunity For All Floridians, sent a letter opposing the signature matching provisions in House Bill 7041 to the Florida House Appropriations Committee. These provisions would lead to higher rates of erroneous ballot rejections, and thus unjustly disenfranchise voters across Florida.
On April 8, 2021, Giffords and Campaign Legal Center Action (CLCA) supplemented their complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging that the National Rifle Association's (NRA) super PAC, the NRA Victory Fund, violated its reporting obligations.
VoteAmerica, Voter Participation Center and Center for Voter Information filed this lawsuit against Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger for imposing disclaimer requirements and other burdensome prohibitions on absentee ballot applications distribution, which violates their First Amendment right to distribute absentee ballot applications as core political speech. Campaign Legal Center (CLC) is representing these three nonprofits in this case.
On April 7, 2021, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging that Sen. Ted Cruz's campaign committee, Ted Cruz for Senate, violated federal law by using up to $18,000 in campaign funds on Facebook ads promoting the sale of Cruz's book.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC), on behalf of itself, the ACLU of Florida, the League of Women Voters of Florida, Democracy for All Florida and Opportunity For All Floridians, sent a letter opposing the most recent signature provisions of Senate Bill 90 to the Florida Senate Committee on Rules. These provisions would prohibit election authorities from consulting any signature on file from the voter other than the most recent signature, and if enacted, they would lead to higher rates of erroneous ballot rejections, and thus unjustly disenfranchise eligible voters across Florida.
On April 1, 2021, Campaign Legal Center (CLC), Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), Common Cause and League of Women Voters of California (LWV) submitted an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to uphold California’s law that requires charitable groups active in the state to file nonpublic tax reports – Schedule Bs – with the state Attorney General (AG) listing their largest donors.
The U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota issued an opinion and order in Campaign Legal Center's (CLC) case challenging Minnesota’s strict witness requirements for voting absentee in elections.
On March 31, 2021, the district court issued an opinion declaring that Virginia Beach’s system of election violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act by diluting the voting strength of Black, Latino, and Asian American voters, enjoining the use of that system and granting the plaintiffs’ request for attorneys’ fees, costs and expenses.
On March 31, 2021, Campaign Legal Center Action (CLCA) and Common Cause Georgia filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging that True the Vote and the Georgia Republican Party violated federal campaign finance law by illegally coordinating ahead of the January 2021 Senate runoff elections.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) submitted an open letter calling on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to establish a new routine use exception that would enable the Federal Bureau of Prisons to share the data necessary to allow states and localities to implement two pro-democracy reforms: enacting universal enfranchisement and abolishing prison gerrymandering. The League of Women Voters and the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs joined in support.
This Campaign Legal Center (CLC) report describes how the For the People Act (H.R. 1/S. 1) would end dark money and is crafted to address the real-world practices that wealthy special interests have used to keep their political donations hidden from the public.
On March 18, 2021, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) submitted a brief of plaintiffs appealing the district court’s entry of summary judgment in favor of the defendants.