Farewell to The Colbert Report

The Campaign Legal Center would like to mark The Colbert Report’s “passing into Eternity” by recognizing the great success of Stephen Colbert in raising public awareness about the increasingly influential role of undisclosed money in politics.  Mr. Colbert applied his creative genius to unravel the truthiness of today’s complicated and ever-evolving campaign finance regime.

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Why Participation at the Federal Election Commission Matters, Despite the Agency's Dysfunction

We are sometimes asked why the Campaign Legal Center even bothers dealing with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) anymore -- except to sue it for undermining the letter and the spirit of the laws passed by Congress (back when Congress passed campaign finance laws). For an answer, one need look no further than Judge Amy Berman Jackson's recent important decision in Van Hollen v. FEC, striking down the FEC's electioneering communication disclosure rules that have exacerbated the abuse of "dark money" in our elections.

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How Stephen Colbert Schooled Americans in Campaign Finance

When I speak at law schools, I am always asked about the Colbert Super PAC “Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow” and its sibling 501(c)(4), “Colbert Super PAC Shhh.” Almost every time, someone asks, “How did you and Stephen Colbert plan the story line of his coverage of money in politics?”
 

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The High Cost to Democracy of the Budget Bill

If the Republicans, some Democrats and President Obama get their way, we will soon have a $1.1 trillion omnibus funding bill (referred to as "cromnibus") that will fund the government for nine months. However, the real cost of the bill is a lot more than $1.1 trillion. It is the dramatic escalation of the selling of our democracy to the wealthiest Americans. While this will be a clear victory for Wall Street, energy companies, and others who believe that our elected representatives should be responsive to their wealthiest supporters, those of us who naïvely believe that our elected representatives owe their highest duty to all of us will suffer a major loss if this bill becomes law.

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Watch Video of the Voting Rights Institute in Miami Training the Next Generation of Voting Rights Lawyers and Activists

On October 8, the latest Voting Rights Institute training was held in Miami to train the next generation of Voting Rights attorneys and activists.  Video of the session, sponsored by the Campaign Legal Center and the American Constitution Society, is now available.

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