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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.
Congress should pass and President Joe Biden should sign into law the comprehensive set of democracy reforms outlined in H.R. 1/S. 1 to advance the freedom to vote, strengthen ethics laws, end partisan gerrymandering and decrease the influence of wealthy special interests in our political system.
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.
The city of Virginia Beach has used an at-large voting system to elect members to the City Council since 1966. The lawsuit asks the court to change the City’s election system to one that would allow minorities to elect their candidates of choice to the City Council.
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.