ADLF CALLS FOR ETHICS INVESTIGATION INTO CHUCK GRASSLEY

The American Democracy Legal Fund has filed a complaint with the U.S. Select Committee on Ethics to investigate whether U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley violated Senate ethics rules by supporting the leaking of information from an active FBI investigation.

Sen. Grassley is the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and in that capacity he is tasked with the critical role of oversight of the Department of Justice and the FBI. Thus, Sen. Grassley has a responsibility to ensure that those law enforcement agencies follow fair, nonpartisan investigatory practices and procedures. However, in spite of his Judiciary Committee chairmanship, Sen. Grassley has openly speculated that the FBI will bias their investigation into Secretary Clinton’s email arrangement by disregarding investigatory protocol.

It is undeniable that Sen. Grassley’s acceptance on multiple occasions of potential leaks from an FBI investigation is improper partisan conduct for the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee to engage.  […]

ADLF FILES COMPLAINT AGAINST REP. PAUL RYAN

The American Democracy Legal Fund has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against Representative Paul Ryan, Congressional Leadership Fund, and Caleb Crosby, its treasurer for violating the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971.

Rep. Ryan, a federal officeholder and candidate, is controlling an independent expenditure-only committee by hand-selecting and personally offering Mason Fink a leadership role with Congressional Leadership Fund, in direct violation of federal law. At the same time, Congressional Leadership Fund, an independent expenditure-only committee, has violated the Act by soliciting, receiving, and spending soft money.

The complaint is available below and in full with exhibits here. The American Democracy Legal Fund holds candidates for office accountable for possible ethics and/or legal violations. It was established by David Brock and is run by Brad Woodhouse. 

 

BEFORE THE

FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION

 

American Democracy Legal Fund

455 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.

Washington, DC 20001

 

Complainant,

v.

Representative Paul Ryan

P.O. Box 771

Janesville, WI 53547

 

Congressional Leadership Fund and […]

ADLF FILES CRIMINAL COMPLAINT AGAINST DONALD TRUMP

The American Democracy Legal Fund has filed a criminal complaint with the Department of Justice to investigate whether Donald Trump violated federal law by offering Dr. Ben Carson an appointment to his administration in return for supporting his candidacy.

It has recently come to light that Mr. Donald Trump may have willfully offered Dr. Ben Carson an appointment to his administration should he become president in return for supporting his candidacy. Federal law prohibits a candidate from directly or indirectly promising the appointment of any person to any public or private position in exchange for his or her support.  Dr. Carson’s comments indicate that Mr. Trump used the promise of a role in his administration to secure Dr. Carson’s support for his presidential campaign.

The complaint is available below and in full with exhibits here. The American Democracy Legal Fund holds candidates for office accountable for possible ethics and/or legal violations. It was […]

ADLF CALLS FOR ETHICS INVESTIGATION INTO SEN. KELLY AYOTTE

The American Democracy Legal Fund has filed a complaint with the Senate Select Committee on Ethics to investigate whether Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) violated Senate rules by using the “@KellyAyotte” Twitter account for both official and campaign purposes.

By posting both official and campaign content on the “@KellyAyotte” Twitter account, Senator Ayotte has clearly mislead the public about whether her Twitter communications are coming from her official Senate office or from her campaign. This is a clear violation of the Rules and warrants an immediate investigation into Sen. Ayotte’s conduct.

The complaint is available below and in full with exhibits here. The American Democracy Legal Fund holds candidates for office accountable for possible ethics and/or legal violations. It was established by David Brock and is run by Brad Woodhouse. 

 

American Democracy Legal Fund

455 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20001

 

March 22, 2016

 

Deborah Sue Mayer

Chief Counsel and Staff Director

U.S. Senate Select […]

ADLF FILES COMPLAINT AGAINST BERNIE SANDERS AND HIS TREASURER

The American Democracy Legal Fund has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Bernie 2016 and Susan Jackson its Treasurer, in her official capacity, for violating the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971.

Sen. Bernie Sanders and his campaign have violated the Act and Commission regulations by failing to include the required disclaimer on a public communication soliciting political contributions. Following the New Hampshire Democratic primary, the Sanders campaign purchased a “sponsored” advertisement on Facebook promoting Senator Sanders’s win and encouraging Facebook users to donate to his campaign. However, this advertisement did not contain any visible political disclaimer disclosing who paid for or authorized the communication.

The complaint is available below and in full with exhibits here. The American Democracy Legal Fund holds candidates for office accountable for possible ethics and/or legal violations. It was established by David Brock and is run by Brad Woodhouse. 

  

BEFORE […]

ADLF FILES COMPLAINT AGAINST BERNIE SANDERS, NATIONAL NURSES UNITED AND PROGRESSIVE KICK

The American Democracy Legal Fund has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Bernie 2016 and Susan Jackson its Treasurer, in her official capacity; National Nurses United for Patient Protection and Martha Kuhl its Treasurer, in her official capacity; and Progressive Kick Independent Expenditures and Joshua Grossman its Treasurer, in his official capacity, for violating the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971.

Progressive Kick is operating a project using a name that the FEC and a federal court have established is illegal: “People for Bernie.”  Additionally, the website for “People for Bernie” does not contain the proper required disclaimer.   Further, according to publicly available reports filed by the Respondents with the Commission and information in the media, Respondents appear to have engaged in illegal coordination.  Lastly, NNU appears to be hiding the ultimate payee of some of its independent expenditure expenses in violation of the […]

ADLF FILES COMPLAINT AGAINST BERNIE SANDERS

The American Democracy Legal Fund has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Bernie 2016 and Susan Jackson its Treasurer, in her official capacity, for violating the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971.

Sen. Bernie Sanders and his campaign have violated the Act by accepting excessive contributions during consecutive reporting periods. It is illegal for anybody to contribute—and for any candidate to receive or accept—contributions to a candidate in excess of $2,700 per election. Despite this clear prohibition and prior notifications from the Commission of its violations, Sanders repeatedly accepted contributions that exceeded the Act’s limit.

The complaint is available below and in full with exhibits here. The American Democracy Legal Fund holds candidates for office accountable for possible ethics and/or legal violations. It was established by David Brock and is run by Brad Woodhouse. 

BEFORE THE

FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION

 

Brad Woodhouse

American Democracy Legal Fund

455 Massachusetts […]

ADLF Files FEC Complaint Against John Kasich and New Day for America

The American Democracy Legal Fund has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission to investigate whether John Kasich violated the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 and FEC regulations by using official resources for campaign purposes.

As early as April 2015, Governor Kasich and New Day for America, an independent expenditure-only political organization, launched a committee to “start getting around the country more,” and posted a web video featuring Governor Kasich speaking directly to camera, announcing the creation of New Day for America. New Day For America filed a Statement of Organization with the FEC on July 23, 2015.  Weeks earlier, on July 8, 2015, New Day for America entered into an advertising contract for advertising time in the New Hampshire media market, listing “John Kasich for the Republican Presidential Primary” as the “name of the legally qualified candidate(s) the programming refers to.”  The form for the New Hampshire ad […]

ADLF CALLS FOR ETHICS INVESTIGATION INTO SEN. CORY GARDNER

The American Democracy Legal Fund has filed a complaint with the Senate Select Committee on Ethics to investigate whether Sen. Corey Gardner (R-CO) violated Senate rules by using official resources for campaign purposes.

Sen. Gardner violated the Senate’s prohibition on the use of official resources for campaign purposes when he appeared on Fox News’s America’s Newsroom to give an interview from the Capitol Building in support of Sen. Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign.  At the beginning of the interview, the news anchor identifies Sen. Gardner as a “Rubio supporter” and states that he knew the Senator “came on the show to talk about Marco Rubio.”  The anchor followed this introduction with questions about the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. Sen. Gardner spent the entire segment discussing the Republican presidential primary and Sen. Rubio’s ability to attract supporters of Sen. Rand Paul. Senate ethics rules prohibit Sen. Gardner from using official resources to support […]

ADLF CALLS FOR ETHICS INVESTIGATION INTO SEN. RON JOHNSON

The American Democracy Legal Fund has filed a complaint with the Senate Select Committee on Ethics to investigate whether Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) violated Senate rules by using official resources for campaign purposes.

Sen. Johnson violated the Senate’s prohibition on the use of official resources for campaign or political purposes when he and his campaign created a website to highlight work he has done and positions he has taken while in the Senate. One of the videos on Sen. Johnson’s campaign website uses C-Span footage of the senator at a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing, and contains multiple shots of Sen. Johnson speaking at the hearing.  The final scene of the video states that it was “Paid for by Ron Johnson for Senate, Inc.”  The use of official spaces to achieve this outcome is in direct violation of Senate ethics rules.

The complaint is available below and in […]

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