Litigation Blog/Press Releases

Nonprofit Times: California Can’t Have Donor Info (In the News)

Mark Hrywna David Keating, president of the Center for Competitive Politics (CCP), was unsure how much the decision would affect his organization’s case but what came out during the trial might. Arlington, Va.-based CCP has fought similar battles against the AG’s office in recent years. “Representations the government made in our case turned out to […]

Filed Under: CCP v. Harris Other Links, Current Case, In the News, In the News Our Cases, Litigation Blog/Press Releases, Newsroom, Quotes CCP

San Francisco Chronicle: Koch-run foundation exempt from naming top donors, judge rules (In the News)

Bob Egelko In a May 2015 ruling involving another conservative foundation, the Center for Competitive Politics, the appeals court said requiring nonprofit charitable and educational organizations to report their donors to the state does not violate their rights, and that fears of public disclosure and harassment were merely “speculative.” The foundation appealed to the U.S. […]

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Washington Post: Koch-backed conservative group wins right to withhold donor list from California (In the News)

Matea Gold “I think this has fairly large implications for the ability of states to keep expanding disclosure laws,” said Bradley Smith, chairman of the Center for Competitive Politics, which has challenged the constitutionality of California’s rule. He’s hopeful that the 9th Circuit may now reconsider his organization’s case. “The big holding here is you’ve […]

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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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PR Week: What’s next in the legal fight between the PR industry and New York State (In the News)

Jacqueline Renfrow Lasky and the organizations involved believe what they see as a clear violation of their First Amendment rights favors the PR bodies’ cause and that the vagueness of the opinion makes it difficult for PR pros to adhere to the law. “Supreme Court precedent requires that restrictions on speech of matters of public […]

Filed Under: Current Case, In the News, In the News Our Cases, Litigation Blog/Press Releases, Newsroom, November Team v. JCOPE

WGRZ Albany: JCOPE looks forward to “day in court” (In the News)

Joseph Spector In response to the growing influence of the firms, JCOPE in January required the consultants to register as lobbyists and follow state disclosure rules if they reach out to a media outlet “in an attempt to get it to advance the client’s message in an editorial.” David Keating, president of the Center for […]

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Albany Talk 1300 AM: Live From the State Capitol: David Keating and Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (In the News)

Fred Dicker Listen to Center for Competitive Politics President David Keating discuss our case, The November Team, et al., v. The New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics, on Albany Talk 1300 AM with host Fred Dicker. The New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) issued a final advisory opinion in January […]

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New York Law Journal: PR Firms Challenge Reporting Requirement (In the News)

Joel Stashenko A group of public relations firms that represent politicians have filed a federal suit challenging an expansion of what constitutes lobbying as defined by the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE). The plaintiffs contend that by recently adopting rules requiring public relations firms to disclose outreach activities to news editorial boards as […]

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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 […]

Filed Under: Coalition for Secular Government v. Gessler Other Links, Current Case, In the News, In the News Our Cases, Litigation Blog/Press Releases, Newsroom

New York Post: Oust the JCOPE bureaucrats for their speech-suppressing power grab (In the News)

Editorial Board A spectrum of New York p.r. firms filed suit Tuesday to force the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics to drop its lunatic bid to treat them as lobbyists… It’s a blatant violation of the First Amendment — no government body has the right to regulate contacts with the press. And even if […]

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