Colorado Independent: US Supreme Court to Colorado think tank: Disclose your donors or don’t run these ads (In the News)

Colorado Independent: US Supreme Court to Colorado think tank: Disclose your donors or don’t run these ads

By Corey Hutchins

The outspoken think tank director said he saw the case as a good, clean test for the U.S. Supreme Court. So, with help from the Washington, D.C.-area Center for Competitive Politics- its motto: Campaign Freedom- up to the nation’s highest court the case went…

The High Court upheld the lower federal court ruling against the group Monday, without comment, essentially saying the lower court got it right.

“We are disappointed that the Supreme Court chose to forgo full consideration of this important appeal, and instead summarily affirmed the lower court,” said Center for Competitive Politics legal director Allen Dickerson in a statement. “We look forward to continuing our efforts to defend the right to free speech and association.”

Dickerson told The Independent he still believes there is tension between the court’s blessing of laws that regulate advocacy for or against candidates and its rulings in favor of “privacy of association” in other contexts. The radio ads were not attack ads against a candidate, he says, but rather a discussion about pending legislation that merely mentioned an officeholder who happened to be running for reelection.