Daily Media Links 11/19: State campaign finance rules stifle free speech, Assembly candidate arrested for not filing finance reports, and more…

In the News Chronicle of Philanthropy: Utah Groups File Suit Against Donor-Disclosure Law The measure requires a nonprofit to disclose its donors if it spends $750 or more “to influence or tend to influence, directly or indirectly” any election. It was adopted in 2013 in the wake of a scandal involving former state Attorney General […]

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Salt Lake Tribune: Nonprofit groups challenge Utah political disclosure law (In the News)

Lee Davidson Attorneys said the law requires any nonprofit group to disclose its donors if it spends $750 or more “to influence or tend to influence, directly or indirectly” any campaign or vote. “But that can be almost any speech, especially in a free society where ideas are expected to influence our government,” said Allen […]

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ABC 4: Suit claims Utah law violates free speech (In the News)

Randall Carlisle Allen Dickerson says simply “Utah has passed a law that clearly violates the first amendment.” He says the Supreme Court has ruled on “the right to privacy of association and belief and may not simply pry into the inner workings of a non-profit corporation.” Here’s where the law of unintended consequences takes hold.  […]

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Utah Public Radio: Utah Political Donation Law Challenged (In the News)

Evan Hall “Think if someone supports Planned Parenthood but they don’t want their religious leaders or their parents or their employer to know about it. If that type of information has to be disclosed it harms that individual’s free association rights.” The IRS allows 501(c)(3) entities to engage in political causes, provided they do not […]

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Utah Policy: Lawsuit Says Utah Law Violates the First Amendment (In the News)

“Utah’s House Bill 43 has already had a chilling effect on free speech in Utah, which is exactly why we are representing these organizations in federal court,” Dickerson added. “Utah’s law is so overbroad that our clients are concerned that participating in any public debate could destroy the privacy of their donors, many of whom […]

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Daily Media Links 11/18: What are the benefits of campaign finance reform?, Jindal suspends presidential campaign, and more…

CCP Lawsuit Says Utah Law Violates the First Amendment The lawsuit challenges Utah House Bill 43, which passed in 2013. Plaintiffs allege the law suffers many of the same defects contained in the Federal Election Campaign Act. That law’s reach was limited by the landmark 1976 Supreme Court case Buckley v. Valeo. The key defect […]

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Lawsuit Says Utah Law Violates the First Amendment

Alexandria, VA – The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP), America’s largest nonprofit working to promote and defend First Amendment rights to free political speech, assembly, and petition, announced today that it has filed a lawsuit to declare unconstitutional a recent Utah law requiring nonprofits that engage in advocacy to report the private information of their supporters […]

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Litigation Backgrounder: Utah Taxpayers Association, et al. v. Cox, et al.

The Issue in Brief When the state decides to regulate the speech of citizen groups, it must specify in an understandable way what speech triggers regulation and detailed reporting to the government. Even if the state does this correctly, does it have the power to force groups that spend only a small portion of their […]

Filed Under: Utah Taxpayers Association v. Cox, Utah

NewJersey.com: Ex-N.J. Govs. Tom Kean and Christie Whitman: Big money poisoning politics (In the News)

Jonathan D. Salant Opponents of efforts to regulate political spending said the politicians are the ones who benefit by campaign finance restrictions. “The ‘Reformers’ are a who’s who of Washington insiders, lobbyists and power brokers, exactly the type of people who benefit most from limiting other people’s ability to speak and criticize government,” said David […]

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More Soft Money Hard Law: Disclosure Wars (In the News)

Bob Bauer Sometimes those who disagree about campaign finance are almost deliberately talking past each other, dreading any concessions because, they think, to give an inch is to surrender a mile.  This seems increasingly the case in arguments about disclosure and a good example are the opposing reactions to the Supreme Court’s recent decision to […]

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