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ABC News: Justices Reject Challenge to Delaware Campaign Finance Law (In the News)

Associated Press The Supreme Court is rejecting a conservative group’s challenge to a Delaware campaign finance law. The justices on Tuesday left in place a lower court ruling allowing the 2012 law to be enforced. The measure requires third-party groups working independently of candidates to influence elections to disclose the source of donations. Delaware Strong […]

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Supreme Court declines review of Delaware disclosure law, Thomas dissents

Alexandria, VA – The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal in Delaware Strong Families v. Denn, which challenged a broad Delaware disclosure law that took effect in 2013. Justice Clarence Thomas wrote a six-page dissent, which is highly unusual when the Court denies review. Justice Samuel Alito also indicated that he would have […]

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CPI: The next ‘Citizens United’ is coming (In the News)

Carrie Levine When asked by the Center for Public Integrity, campaign finance lawyers were more tentative when naming other cases that could bring sweeping change, and forecasting which cases have the potential to reach the U.S. Supreme Court… One, Delaware Strong Families v. Denn, involves a Delaware law that requires groups to reveal their donors’ […]

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SCOTUS Blog: Petition of the day (In the News)

Kate Howard Delaware Strong Families v. Denn Issue: Whether a state’s interest in “increas[ing] . . . information concerning those who support the candidates,” Buckley v. Valeo, permits it to condition a charity’s publication of a nonpartisan voter education guide, which lists all candidates equally and makes no endorsements, upon the immediate and public disclosures […]

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ICYMI: Former Obama Counsel Bauer on “Major” Disclosure Case at Supreme Court

“[Delaware Strong Families] has received little attention – far less than it should” Alexandria, VA – On the MoreSoftMoneyHardLaw.com blog, former White House Counsel to President Obama, Bob Bauer, writes about Delaware Strong Families v. Denn, which the Supreme Court will review on Thursday. The Center for Competitive Politics is representing Delaware Strong Families in the case. […]

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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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Albany Times Union: JCOPE will spend up to $300K to defend its new reporting requirement (In the News)

Rick Karlin The state Joint Commission on Public Ethics is poised to spend up to $300,000 a year for its legal defense of a regulatory change that requires public relations professionals to document their outreach to editorial boards and report it to the state. After JCOPE’s advisory opinion on the topic was issued in January, […]

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Lexology: State disclosure laws suffer a setback (In the News)

Jeremy Berry, Stefan Passantino, Craig Johnson, et. al The constitutionality of this disclosure provision was challenged in 2015 by the Center for Competitive Politics (“CCP”), a 501(c)(3) charity, for violating CCP’s “right of free association guaranteed by the First Amendment.” In its rejection of CCP’s challenge, the Ninth Circuit held that the law did not […]

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Denver Post: Bringing Colorado campaign finance laws in line with the Constitution (In the News)

Editorial Board Tom Paine may remain a political icon, but his modern-day successors who spend a few hundred dollars on yard signs and leaflets to support a ballot measure will be subjected to a welter of complex legal rules and no one gives it a thought. Except the courts, fortunately. In three separate opinions — […]

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More Soft Money Hard Law: Disclosure Wars: Issues of Policies and Purposes (In the News)

Bob Bauer Related to this is the question of whether it matters that a state would endeavor to keep this information off the public record, for its use only.  In another case testing the facial constitutionality of this requirement, the Center for Competitive Politics has argued unsuccessfully that the harm to its donors was complete […]

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