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The Campaign Legal Center is active in promoting state and federal reform of the redistricting process. It has done so by sponsoring conferences on this subject with other public interest groups and has issued a report on redistricting reform principles titled, "The Shape of Representative Democracy."

Put an End to Gerrymandering in Florida
Posted August 10, 2010 by By Leon W. Russell and J. Gerald Hebert

Floridians' chance to curb partisan gerrymanders is once again in the hands of the Florida Supreme Court. After decades of partisan abuse of the redistricting process, citizens simply want the chance to vote on two ballot initiatives to end the practice that for decades has enabled politicians to choose their voters instead of voters choosing politicians. But politicians aren't about to give up that advantage without a fight — and that fight is now before the state's highest court.


Soft Money Ban is Clear Despite "Yes on FAIR" Arguments
Posted April 28, 2010 by Paul S. Ryan

A California political committee is correct that three separate advisory opinions from the FEC on whether federal candidates and officeholders may solicit soft money for state ballot measure committees have resulted in “confusion in the law”. However, we disagree in the strongest possible terms with "Yes on FAIR" regarding what the definitive answer should be under the controlling law.


Don't Water Down Hope for Fair Districts
Posted April 26, 2010 by By Leon W. Russell, Nicholas Stephanopoulos and J. Gerald Hebert

Hoping to curb out-of-control gerrymandering, Florida's voters recently placed two initiatives on the ballot for this fall's elections. The entirely unsurprising opposition comes from Florida's Republicans — the architects and beneficiaries of the gerrymandered status quo - who continue to push a "poison pill" amendment in the legislature.


Gerrymanderers Attempt to Gut Redistricting Reform Initiative in Florida
Posted April 14, 2010 by J. Gerald Hebert

Florida voters will get to vote this November on a redistricting reform initiative that will establish specific criteria for how congressional and state legislative districts must be drawn. But even before the voters have their chance to be heard, the state’s gerrymanderers are seeking to confuse the issue and gut the initiative that would bring about fair districts in which voters can choose their politicians instead of the status quo where politicians choose voters.


Florida Redistricting Reform Initiative Receives Major Endorsement
Posted April 13, 2010 by CLC Staff

Today Fair Districts Florida received a major boost in the form of an endorsement from the Florida State Conference of the NAACP. The organization refutes claims made by critics that the redistricting reform initiative would put minority opportunity districts in jeopardy.


Legal Center and League of Women Voters Release Redistricting Report
Posted April 2, 2010 by Legal Center Staff

Last week the Campaign Legal Center and the League of Women Voters of the United States released "Developing an Action Agenda for Redistricting in 2011", a report stemming from a conference convened to bring a broad spectrum of stakeholders and experts to the table to seek common ground.


Representatives Tanner and Castle Push Transparency for Redistricting
Posted March 24, 2010 by J. Gerald Hebert

Both parties are already assembling armies of lawyers, experts and massive resources to manipulate the redistricting process for partisan gain. The “Redistricting Transparency Act of 2010” will drag that process out of the backrooms where congressional district lines have been drawn for far too long.


Legal Center Weighs In with FEC on Coordination, Soft Money & Non-Federal Fundraising Events
Posted March 22, 2010 by CLC Staff

Last week the Campaign Legal Center filed comments opposing an advisory opinion request by the National Democratic Redistricting Trust to allow Members of Congress to solicit unlimited soft money contributions for redistricting activities, submitted supplemental comments in a rulemaking on coordination between candidates and outside groups, and testified at an FEC rulemaking hearing regarding the participation of federal candidates and officeholders in nonfederal fundraising events.


Feds Still Must Safeguard the Vote
Posted May 6, 2009 by J. Gerald Hebert

The other day, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in the most important voting rights case to come along since Bush v. Gore. The Court's decision, expected this summer, will have a lasting impact on our democracy.


Facts: 1 Spakovsky Speculations: 0
Posted May 6, 2009 by J. Gerald Hebert

When commentators don’t have any facts to back up what they’re saying, they often speculate what they believe the facts to be. Speculation can sometimes be close to the truth, but is often flat out wrong—as is the case with Hans von Spakovsky’s latest post about Voting Rights Act Section 5 bailouts.


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