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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

The Campaign Legal Center

Representing the public interest to protect and strengthen our democracy

four stars

91.09

1101 14th St NW Suite 400
Washington, DC 20005
tel: (202) 736-2200   Web Site
EIN: 04-3608387

Board Leadership
Norman Ornstein
Board Chair

CEO
Trevor Potter
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.09 four stars
  Financial 87.41 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Through litigation, policy analysis and public education, the Campaign Legal Center works as a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization to protect and strengthen the U.S. democratic process across all levels of government. The Campaign Legal Center seeks a future in which the American political process is accessible to all citizens, resulting in representative, responsive and accountable government.

Through litigation, policy analysis and public education, the Campaign Legal Center works as a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization to protect and strengthen the U.S. democratic process across all levels of government. The Campaign Legal Center seeks a future in which the American political process is accessible to all citizens, resulting in representative, responsive and accountable government.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2018
Number of press articles published
1,422
This impact information is current as of March 2020, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

three stars

87.41

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 02/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
67.2%
  Administrative Expenses 22.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.60
  Program Expenses Growth 46.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Campaign Legal Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Campaign Legal Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Campaign Legal Center (DC) 91.09 four stars
Better Government Association (IL) 92.07 four stars
Project On Government Oversight (DC) 96.14 four stars
Center for Responsive Politics (DC) 91.83 four stars
Government Accountability Project (DC) 89.71 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $7,838,886
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $7,838,886
   Program Service Revenue $82,764
Total Primary Revenue $7,921,650
   Other Revenue $71,504
TOTAL REVENUE $7,993,154
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,270,619
   Administrative Expenses $1,165,704
   Fundraising Expenses $579,432
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $6,015,755
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,977,399
   
Net Assets $7,556,724

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Campaign Finance and Ethics $2,445,950 57.3%
Redistricting and Voting Rights $1,824,669 42.7%

Ratings History
The Campaign Legal Center has received 4 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 02/01/2020 91.09 four stars
2017-12 03/01/2019 90.45 four stars
2016-12 02/01/2018 90.55 four stars
2015-12 12/22/2017 90.87 four stars
2015-12 12/01/2017 86.01 three stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 04-3608387
Name in IRS Master File CAMPAIGN LEGAL CENTER INC
NTEE Code I99
NTEE Classification Crime, Legal Related N.E.C.
NTEE Type Crime, Legal-Related
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date August, 2002
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2018
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$278,500 4.62% Trevor Potter President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Campaign Legal Center (DC) 91.09 four stars
National Health Law Program (DC) 91.66 four stars
Project On Government Oversight (DC) 96.14 four stars
Public Citizen Foundation (DC) 89.76 three stars
Democracy North Carolina (NC) 97.17 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Campaign Legal Center
1101 14th St NW
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20005
tel: (202) 736-2200
fax: (202) 736-2222
EIN: 04-3608387

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Board Leadership

Norman Ornstein
Board Chair

CEO

Trevor Potter
President

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