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On Oct. 15, 2020, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed a complaint with the Senate Ethics Committee requesting an investigation of whether Sen. Lindsey Graham violated federal law and Senate rules by soliciting campaign contributions in a Senate building following a meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee that he was chairing on Oct. 14, 2020.
This backgrounder can be used by members of the media and the public to guide their understanding of the electoral process of electing a President.
Today, CLC submitted public comments to the Vermont State Ethics Commission regarding a proposed statutory ethics code. CLC’s comments support Vermont’s effort to promulgate a statute with meaningful safeguards to maintain Vermonters’ trust in their state government.
Specifically, CLC’s comments recommend changes to the proposed code’s gift rules, misuse of position provision, and outside and post-government employment restrictions. CLC also recommends that the Vermont State Ethics Commission house all financial disclosure documents and ethics disclosures required to be filed by state public servants in a searchable, sortable, and downloadable format on the ethics commission’s website.
During the coronavirus pandemic, the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has been granting financial relief to certain oil companies that drill on public lands. Using BLM data published by the Center for Western Priorities, CLC found that hundreds of the oil leases that have received this relief are owned by political megadonors or have close ties to senior Interior officials' former clients.