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Money & Influence 04.12.2018

DOJ & FEC Complaints Against President Trump, His Campaign & American Media Inc. for Illegal, Unreported $30K Coordinated Expenditure

Legal Filings

Common Cause filed complaints with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Election Commission (FEC), alleging reason to believe that President Trump, his 2016 presidential campaign, and American Media, Inc. (AMI) violated campaign contribution limits and reporting requirements through a December 2015 payment of $30,000 to a former doorman at a Trump property. The complaint alleges that the payment was made to squelch rumors of then-candidate Trump having fathered an illegitimate child with an employee at Trump World Tower in New York.

DOJ & FEC Complaints Filed Against Cambridge Analytica for Violating Prohibition on Election-Related Activities by Foreign Nationals in Work for Trump, Others

Legal Filings

Common Cause filed complaints with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Election Commission (FEC), alleging reason to believe that Cambridge Analytica LTD and its sister company, SCL Group Limited, and numerous employees of the London-based companies repeatedly violated the prohibition on foreign nationals performing certain election-related activities over two U.S. election cycles – including extensive work for the Trump campaign.

Benisek v. Lamone

Legal Filings

On March 28, 2018, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Benisek v. Lamone, a landmark case that could result in a nationwide prohibition against partisan gerrymandering.

Gill v. Whitford

Legal Filings

On October 3, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court heard Gill v. Whitford, a landmark case that could for the first time in U.S. history set a nationwide limit on extreme partisan gerrymandering. Common Cause worked closely with the Campaign Legal Center, which litigated the case, and the Brennan Center for Justice to organize states, cities, bipartisan current and former elected officials, academics, civil rights and good government organizations, and others to speak with one voice against the manipulation of legislative districts for political advantage. Briefs in the case can be found below.

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