Obama Ups Civil Rights Enforcement Funds By 18%

Law360, New York (February 26, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- In a sign that his administration will seek greater civil rights enforcement, President Obama has asked to increase funding for the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division by nearly 20 percent in his fiscal year 2010 budget plan.

The Obama administration asked for $145 million for the division “to strengthen civil rights enforcement against racial, ethnic, sexual preference, religious and gender discrimination,” according to the broad budget outline released Thursday.

The division investigates and prosecutes employment, voting rights and other discrimination claims.

How the money...
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