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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 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.
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.
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.
The failure of the FEC to enforce campaign finance laws has resulted in an explosion in secret spending and our politics are increasingly rigged in favor of wealthy special interests. How can the FEC be fixed?
CLC has filed with the Federal Election Commission a supplemental complaint alleging that Representative Lori Trahan knowingly and willfully violated federal law by receiving approximately $300,000 in excessive contributions for her 2018 congressional campaign and falsely reporting those contributions as personal loans. CLC’s original complaint against Lori Trahan for Congress is available here.
CLC led a coalition of 21 organizations and individuals calling for the restoration of a voting quorum at the Federal Election Commission to protect the transparency and fairness of our elections.
A nationwide survey of likely 2020 general election voters commissioned by Campaign Legal Center finds that voters overwhelmingly want the Federal Election Commission to take a more active role in enforcing campaign finance laws.