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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.
The Census Bureau produced a briefing memo for former Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross about the Census Bureau’s plan for estimating the undocumented immigrant population in response to Campaign Legal Center's (CLC) Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the bureau. The memo includes strategic analysis on three options that the bureau considered using to carry out the Trump administration’s plan to exclude undocumented immigrants from the apportionment count.
Yakima County uses a voting system that consistently prevents its Latino residents from electing their preferred candidates to the county commission. CLC notified the county commission that this system violates the Washington Voting Rights Act and called on the commission to an alternative election...
This issue brief examines how the Census Bureau’s decision to use differential privacy to protect the confidentiality of the 2020 Census data will impact redistricting and voting rights.
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.
State lawmakers are proposing a record number of anti-voter bills in state legislatures across the country. These bills come in many forms and disproportionately target marginalized communities. CLC is actively working with state and local stakeholders to limit their impact through legal action...
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.