Courthouse News Service: Supreme Court Rejects Citizens United Offshoot (In the News)

Barbara Leonard

Delaware Strong Families sought appellate relief, but the Supreme Court shot the group down Tuesday without comment.

Justice Samuel Alito said simply that he would have granted certiorari, but Justice Clarence Thomas penned a six-page dissent about the case.

Arguing that “First Amendment harms justify eliminating disclosure requirements altogether,” Thomas said Delaware’s scheme “is far broader than those the court has previously upheld.”

“In my view, it is time for the court to reconsider whether a State’s interest in an informed electorate can ever justify the disclosure of otherwise anonymous donor rolls,” the dissent continues.

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