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Amicus Brief: Justice v. Hosemann in Support of Petitioners

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Unredacted Crossroads GPS FEC Decision Now Available On CCP Website

Alexandria, VA – Today the Federal Election Commission (FEC) agreed to produce a controversial agency report to settle a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit the Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) brought against the agency. The document sets out the FEC Office of General Counsel’s original analysis concerning a complaint against Crossroads GPS that was dismissed by […]

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Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus and the (Bleak) Future of Statutes that Ban False Statements in Political Campaigns

In this University of Pennsylvania Law Review article, author Margaret H. Zhang assesses the constitutionality of state false statement law statutes in the wake of recent court decisions. As Zhang explains, today’s political candidates must be prepared for mudslinging targeted not just at their professional lives, but also at their private lives, appearance, genealogy, religion, […]

Filed Under: First Amendment, Independent Speech, Jurisprudence & Litigation, Research, SBA List v. Driehaus, False Statement Laws, First Amendment, Independent Speech, Jurisprudence & Litigation, First Amendment, Independent Speech, Jurisprudence & Litigation, Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin

Wall Street Journal: Sometimes Freedom Requires Confidentiality (LTE) (In the News)

Allen Dickerson The case to which Mr. Abrams refers, Center for Competitive Politics v. Harris, concerns the privacy of donors to charities that cannot by law engage in electoral advocacy. California’s policy cannot possibly help voters “make informed choices in the political marketplace,” in part because state officials promise to keep the information confidential. While […]

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Associated Press: Nonprofits challenge Utah donor disclosure law (In the News)

Michelle L. Price In a lawsuit filed in federal court this week, the groups said the law unconstitutionally forces them to forgo their free speech right to speak on political issues, or risk losing donors who may not want to be disclosed. Representatives for the nonprofits said that kept them from weighing in on a […]

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Salt Lake Tribune: Why we’re suing the state to protect free speech (In the News)

Connor Boyack and Billy Hesterman While it makes sense to require disclosure from organizations whose primary or sole purpose is political — as they directly affect government processes and outcomes — the bill expanded the reporting requirements to include organizations whose political advocacy is infrequent and, more often than not, focused on advocacy and education. […]

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San Diego Union-Tribune: Is the AG chilling charitable giving? (In the News)

Steven Greenhut The AFP Foundation said in its lawsuit that it has been filing such forms every year since 2001 without problem – but that in the last two years Harris has demanded the Section B information. As this column previously reported, the AG’s office said that was needed for potential enforcement issues – and […]

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Chronicle of Philanthropy: Utah Groups File Suit Against Donor-Disclosure Law (In the News)

The measure requires a nonprofit to disclose its donors if it spends $750 or more “to influence or tend to influence, directly or indirectly” any election. It was adopted in 2013 in the wake of a scandal involving former state Attorney General John Swallow, who was accused of funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars in […]

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Salt Lake Tribune: Nonprofit groups challenge Utah political disclosure law (In the News)

Lee Davidson Attorneys said the law requires any nonprofit group to disclose its donors if it spends $750 or more “to influence or tend to influence, directly or indirectly” any campaign or vote. “But that can be almost any speech, especially in a free society where ideas are expected to influence our government,” said Allen […]

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ABC 4: Suit claims Utah law violates free speech (In the News)

Randall Carlisle Allen Dickerson says simply “Utah has passed a law that clearly violates the first amendment.” He says the Supreme Court has ruled on “the right to privacy of association and belief and may not simply pry into the inner workings of a non-profit corporation.” Here’s where the law of unintended consequences takes hold.  […]

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