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More Soft Money Hard Law: Again Before the Supreme Court: Can There Be “Issues Speech” During Campaigns? (In the News)

Bob Bauer The Supreme Court will soon decide whether to take up a major case about disclosure and this has received little attention—far less than it should. At issue is the clarification of how far government authority extends in requiring the disclosure of the financing of “issues speech”–speech or just information about candidates’ positions that […]

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Washington Post: Group continues fight against Delaware campaign finance law (In the News)

Associated Press Attorneys for Delaware Strong Families filed a petition last week asking the court to hear the case. The group is challenging a 2012 law regarding third-party entities working independently of political candidates to influence elections. The law requires groups that spend $500 or more during an election period on third-party advertisements to disclose […]

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In the News: News Journal: State to appeal ruling on political secrecy

By Allen Dickerson The voter guide at issue in the lawsuit is a nonpartisan voter guide that does not promote any candidates. It simply provides information on how each candidate stands on a variety of issues. The core of the lawsuit asks whether a group that publishes voter guides that do not promote candidates can […]

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In the News: News Journal: State to appeal ruling on political secrecy

By Jonathan Starkey The conservative group Delaware Strong Families, which has organized against same-sex marriage in Delaware and publishes an annual voters guide promoting political candidates, filed the lawsuit, arguing that the law was burdensome and would improperly chill free speech rights. David Keating, president of the Center For Competitive Politics, which represented Delaware Strong Families, said Friday they […]

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In the News: Wall Street Journal: The First State’s Free Speech Win

Center for Competitive Politics president David Keating on why a Delaware court struck down a campaign-finance disclosure law. Read more… For more information on Delaware Strong Families v. Biden, check out this resource page.

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In the News: News Journal: Judge bars enforcement of election disclosure law

By Sean O’Sullivan Robinson then concluded the primary purpose of the act – regulating anonymous political advocacy – and the collection of personal information required by the act are “too tenuous to pass constitutional muster.” As a result, Robinson said Delaware Strong Families is likely to prevail at trial and barred the state from enforcing the act until […]

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In the News: CitizenLink: Judge Protects Donors’ Privacy in Delaware

By Kim Trobee “The government cannot impose extensive regulatory burdens,” he said, “or violate the privacy of donors, where an organization does not advocate for any candidate.” Despite the state’s sparing no expense in the case, DSF prevailed. President Nicole Theis said she’s thrilled. “We can now continue to publish our nonpartisan voter guide and inform voters […]

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Judge Rules Delaware Disclosure Law Unconstitutional

Bars enforcement of law against group publishing voter guides For Release: April 8, 2014  Contact: Joe Trotter  Phone: 210-352-0055 (Cell) Wilmington, DE – A federal court today issued an order barring enforcement of a recently adopted Delaware law that would have forced a group that publishes non-partisan voter guides to violate its members’ privacy. Judge Sue L. Robinson […]

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In the News: AP: Judge halts enforcement of Del. election law

The judge on Monday ruled in favor of Delaware Strong Families in its challenge to a 2012 law requiring disclosures by third-party groups working independently of political candidates to influence elections. The law requires groups that spend $500 or more during an election period on third-party advertisements to disclose the source of donations. Those advertisements include communications, such as […]

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In the News: Delaware Online: Should nonpartisan Delaware group be regulated?

Delaware Online: Should nonpartisan Delaware group be regulated? By Allen Dickerson and Zac Morgan Thanks to the new law, if Delaware Strong wants to distribute its voter guides before the 2014 election, it must register with the state, and file reports listing the names and addresses of its donors. Essentially, the new law makes Delaware […]

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