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Alt-Twitter and the Battle for Anonymous Political Speech

On April 6th, the Department of Homeland Security took the unusual – and likely illegal and unconstitutional – step of attempting to “unmask” the user of a pseudonymous Twitter account. The account, @ALT_uscis, was one of a collection that had sprung up over the past few months to protest the Trump administration’s handling of various […]

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Colorado closes free speech case, changes law, pays $220K in attorney’s fees

Alexandria, VA – Attorneys for Colorado and the Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) filed a notice in federal court today ending a free speech case that began more than four years ago. It’s the final chapter in a federal lawsuit that saw Colorado’s ballot issue disclosure law partially invalidated under the First Amendment, and forced […]

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Constitutional Law Prof Blog: Tenth Circuit Strikes Disclosure Requirements as to Small Scale Issue Organization (In the News)

Steven D. Schwinn The Tenth Circuit agreed. The court applied “exacting scrutiny” and concluded that “the minimal informational interest [in disclosure] cannot justify the associated substantial burdens [of compliance].” The court noted that the small-scale nature of the Coalition had an impact on both sides of the balance. As to the informational interest, “the strength […]

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Federal Appeals Court Rules Colorado Disclosure Law Unconstitutional

Denver, CO – A federal appeals court unanimously affirmed a lower court decision declaring that Colorado’s ballot issue disclosure law violates the First Amendment for groups raising or spending less than $3,500. The decision was handed down late Wednesday by three judges nominated by President Barack Obama to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in the […]

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Judge rules Colorado disclosure law unconstitutional

Alexandria, VA – A federal judge late yesterday ruled that Colorado’s campaign disclosure laws violate the First Amendment when applied to small organizations, writing that “any ‘informational interest’ the government has in mandating contribution and expenditure disclosures [is] so minimal as to be nonexistent, and certainly insufficient to justify the burdens compliance imposes on members’ […]

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In the News: Wall Street Journal: The Supreme Court and Ed Corsi’s Life of Political Crime

Wall Street Journal: The Supreme Court and Ed Corsi’s Life of Political Crime By Bradley A. Smith …Mr. Corsi spent $40 a month to maintain his website, and perhaps a couple hundred dollars a year in other expenses. According to the state of Ohio, however, these activities are illegal under campaign-finance laws because Mr. Corsi […]

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In the News: Examiner: Colorado Supreme Court hears 1st Amendment challenge to campaign finance laws

By Matt Arnold The Colorado Supreme Court hears arguments tomorrow (Weds, 8 May 2013) in a 1st Amendment challenge to the state’s campaign finance laws (pursuant to a request to clarify the “scope & meaning” of Colorado campaign finance laws in an order issued by a Federal judge late last year)… Read more…

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Colorado’s Opportunity to Protect First Amendment Rights

May the government ban the publication of books if they contain only one sentence of express advocacy, such as “Vote for Smith”? At the oral argument for Citizens United v. FEC, the federal government argued that campaign finance laws could ban a corporation, presumably including book publishers, from producing a book with even one sentence […]

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CCP Files Reply in Colorado Free Speech Case

CONTACT: Sarah Lee, Communications Director, 770.598.7961 ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The Center for Competitive Politics’s Legal Team filed a response today in Coalition for Secular Government (CSG) v. Gessler, a case currently pending before the Colorado Supreme Court. The brief explains why Colorado law should not be allowed to regulate CSG as an issue committee. No […]

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CCP Files Brief in Colorado Supreme Court Free Speech Case

CONTACT: Sarah Lee, Communications Director, 770.598.7961 ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) today announced that it filed its opening brief in the Colorado Supreme Court, which earlier agreed to answer four questions presented by a federal judge hearing the case of Coalition for a Secular Government (CSG) v. Gessler. The case argues that the First Amendment to the US Constitution bars Colorado […]

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