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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.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed a complaint with the Senate Ethics Committee requesting an investigation into whether Sen. Ted Cruz violated Senate ethics rules by converting campaign funds to personal use. Sen. Cruz’s campaign committee spent up to $18,000 on Facebook ads exclusively promoting Sen. Cruz’s book, for which he stands to receive royalties, seemingly in violation of the personal use ban.
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.
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.
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.
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) submitted testimony to support a bill that would abolish prison gerrymandering in Connecticut. The testimony stated that Connecticut’s system of prison gerrymandering distorts the redistricting process and deprives Connecticut communities of fair and equal representation.
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.
Campaign Legal Center conducted a study of members of the U.S. House of Representatives’ cooperation with ethics investigations initiated by the U.S. Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE). The findings show that members of Congress from both major political parties refuse to fully cooperate with ethics investigations, and the rate of cooperation has declined in recent Congresses.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.