FEC IG Report Leaves Weintraub Unchecked

In February 2017, Cause of Action Institute asked the Inspector General (“IG”) for the Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) to look into statements made by Commissioner Ellen Weintraub.  We recently obtained a copy of the IG’s report on the issue, clearing Commissioner Weintraub of wrongdoing. Although we disagree with the IG’s […]

Bob Bauer Agrees With Us About Commissioner Weintraub, But Doesn’t Want to Do Anything About It

Does the rule of law matter and should government officials abide by the ethical obligations that govern them?  Robert Bauer, former White House Counsel for President Obama, answers: “Not so much.” On Tuesday, in furtherance of its mission to hold our government accountable, Cause of Action Institute (“CoA Institute”) sent […]

Did FEC Commissioner Misuse Her Position When She Demanded Proof of Trump’s N.H. Voter Fraud Claim?

Washington D.C. – Cause of Action Institute (“CoA Institute”) today called for an investigation into whether Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) Commissioner Ellen Weintraub violated federal ethics laws when she demanded President Trump provide evidence of his voter fraud claims in New Hampshire. Commissioner Weintraub used government property and official time […]

Court Rightly Denies Rep. Van Hollen Request to Rehear Free Speech Case

Supporters of free speech and the First Amendment won a significant victory this week when a federal court denied a last ditch effort by Congressmen (and Senatorial candidate) Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) to salvage his campaign finance case. On January 21, 2016, a DC Circuit panel reversed the District Court […]

National Law Journal: Group Wants Justices to Lift Limits on Political Giving

Group Wants Justices to Lift Limits on Political Giving By Marcia Coyle      July 17, 2013 For its first brief in the U.S. Supreme Court, the Cause of Action Institute picked a controversial cause: an end to certain limits on individual contributions to federal candidates, political action committees and political […]

Amicus Brief, McCutcheon v. FEC

McCutcheon v. FEC amicus brief    

Who will heed the call of accountability?

This week, Cause of Action filed an FEC complaint revealing the Democratic National Committee’s violation of the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) in a potential attempt to hide its reimbursement for Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius’ Hatch Act violation. At a Human Rights Campaign Gala in February […]