National Constitution Center: Podcast: The First Amendment and the freedom of expression By NCC Staff Clinton and Trump have offered thoughts and proposals on a range of First Amendment issues, from the publication of private tax returns in The New York Times and the future of Citizens United to the prosecution of terrorism-related speech and beyond. […]
National Constitution Center: Podcast: The First Amendment and the freedom of expression (In the News)
Vague commitments to pursue “campaign finance reform” and promises to overturn Citizens United have become increasingly popular talking points among some candidates this election cycle. Following this trend, misguided and unfounded claims that the system is dysfunctional and that electoral and policy outcomes are the result of nothing more than monetary transactions among politicians, wealthy […]
The Federal Election Commission’s recent public meeting revealed a partisan gap on what would have otherwise seemed a straightforward issue. Commissioner Lee Goodman proposed an amendment to expand the FEC’s “press exemption” regulation to include books, movies, and other media distributed by satellite television, radio, and internet-enabled applications. In short, Goodman wanted to reassure the […]
By Kenneth P. Doyle
The U.S. Supreme Court let stand a federal appeals court ruling that said Colorado’s campaign finance disclosure requirements could not apply to a group that raised and spent only $3,500 to influence a ballot initiative (Williams v. Coalition for Secular Government , U.S., No. 16-28, cert. denied 10/3/16).
The Supreme Court’s Oct. 3 action denying the state’s petition for review was “the final chapter for Colorado’s speech laws that buried grassroots groups in red tape,” Tyler Martinez, an attorney for the nonprofit Center for Competitive Politics (CCP), said. CCP, a critic of campaign finance regulation, represented the challenger of the Colorado disclosure law, a nonprofit group called the Coalition for Secular Government.
“When a few citizens want to voice an opinion, the government can’t subject them to burdensome disclosure rules designed for multimillion-dollar campaigns,” Martinez said.