On April 26, 2017, the Brennan Center for Justice filed a Freedom of Information Act request with two arms of the Department of Homeland Security – Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) – seeking records regarding their purchase and use of social media monitoring software.
Ethics mavens have continually criticized members of the Trump administration for their habit of promoting the president’s private businesses while on the job. A recent State Department blog post — that has since been taken down — on Mar-a-Lago came dangerously close to an advertisement for buying the president's favor.
In McCutcheon v. FEC, four justices of the U.S. Supreme Court described the government’s interest in passing campaign finance laws in terms of “electoral integrity” but did not fully flesh out what the concept might mean for this area of law.
White supremacist groups have long presented homegrown domestic threat and, in many ways, their operations, tactics, and terrorist recruitment processes bear a striking similarity to those used by jihadist groups such as ISIS or al Qaeda.
Our new online database of empirical evidence on money in politics is a valuable resource for social science and legal research, and provides reformers and policy makers with the facts necessary to advance reasonable campaign finance regulation.