Alexandria, VA – The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP), America’s largest nonprofit defending First Amendment political speech rights, has published detailed analyses on the three leading picks to be the next Supreme Court justice, as reported Tuesday by Politico. To read CCP’s analyses on the potential nominees’ records on free speech rights, click below: Tenth […]
The Honorable Mark Miloscia The Honorable Hans Zeiger The Honorable Sam Hunt Re: Significant Constitutional and Practical Issues with Senate Bill 5219 Dear Chair Miloscia, Vice Chair Zeiger, Ranking Minority Member Hunt, and members of the Senate State Government Committee: On behalf of the Center for Competitive Politics, I am writing you today to respectfully […]
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Opinion by Judge Diane Sykes in Barland II “One of the Strongest, Pro-Free Speech Circuit Opinions Post-Citizens United”
Hon. Diane Sykes United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (2004-Present); Wisconsin Supreme Court (1999-2004); Milwaukee County Circuit Court (1992-1999) Using our screen to find cases, and adding other cases that have come to our attention, Judge Sykes wrote or joined a number of opinions in cases that raised significant First Amendment free […]
The Insider: Good Signs for First Amendment in Judge William Pryor’s Rulings on Tax-Financing, Political Sign Cases (In the News)
By David Keating
Scott v. Roberts presented Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott’s challenge to a tax-financed campaign scheme the state enacted in 1986 and amended in 1991. The program generally operated as a matching funds program… However, once an opponent to a tax-financed candidate spent over $2/registered voter, the subsidized candidate received a dollar-for-dollar match of his opponent’s spending. The subsidized candidate no longer needed to raise any private funds to receive the subsidy. The law also allowed subsidized candidates to exceed expenditure limits. Judge Pryor held the scheme was likely unconstitutional, and the opinion overturned a district court’s denial of a preliminary injunction…
In Beaulieu v. City of Alabaster, Judge Pryor joined an opinion that held a city’s sign-usage ordinance unconstitutional. The ordinance placed different burdens on commercial and political signs…
Applying strict scrutiny, the panel affirmed the district court ruling, which overturned the ordinance. The panel determined that the city’s interests in aesthetics and safety did not overcome the core political speech at issue.
By Edward Zuckerman
The U.S. Supreme Court received 10 friend-of-the-court briefs urging full review of a case that tests a Federal Election Commission requirement to disclose donors who finance ads that do not serve an election-related purpose but instead generate support or opposition to a public policy issue. Briefs were filed by a disparate group that included U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, former American Civil Liberties Union President Nadine Strossen, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The case involves a Colorado think tank that ran an ad to support a sentencing reform bill, and triggered the FEC’s requirement even though the ad did not identify or advocate the election or defeat of a federal candidate, the Center for Competitive Politics said.
By Jeff Brindle
On November 4, 2016, the United Stated District Court for the District of Columbia struck another blow on behalf of disclosure.
In Independence Institute v. FEC, the Court rejected the organization’s claim that disclosure requirements under the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA) should not apply to its planned advertising campaign.
The Institute, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, planned to run radio advertisements urging Colorado Citizens to contact two federal lawmakers to support a particular piece of legislation.
Arguing that the ads are issue ads, the Institute maintained that they should be exempt from BCRA’s electioneering communication disclosure provisions…
Recently, Assembly Minority Leader John Bramnick and Democratic Assemblyman Troy Singleton each introduced bills that would require registration and disclosure by independent groups such as Super PACs and 501(c) groups.
The recent ruling in Independence Institute v. FEC, which again strongly endorses disclosure, will hopefully embolden the Legislature to pass this legislation and enhance transparency in the State’s electoral process.
Alexandria, VA – Ten amicus briefs, including briefs from U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and multiple well-known national groups, urge the U.S. Supreme Court to hear full arguments in a free speech case implicating important issues of donor privacy, Independence Institute v. FEC. Under federal campaign finance laws, the Supreme Court must rule on […]
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