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Salt Lake Tribune: Utah gives in to First Amendment lawsuit (In the News)

Christopher Smart Allen Dickerson, an attorney for the Center for Competitive Politics, which represented the plaintiffs, warned the law would have a chilling effect on constitutionally protected speech. “Utah’s law is so overbroad that our clients were concerned that participating in any public debate could destroy the privacy of their donors, many of whom believe […]

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Deseret News: Utah agrees not to enforce parts of political disclosure law (In the News)

Associated Press The Utah Attorney General’s Office said in a settlement Wednesday that organizations will have to report donations from political advocacy groups, but requiring more disclosure would be unconstitutional. The settlement comes after three nonprofits challenged the law, saying forcing them to reveal donors violates their freedom of speech. Groups like the Utah Taxpayers […]

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Utah settles lawsuit, concedes First Amendment violation

Alexandria, VA – In an agreement approved by a federal judge this afternoon, Utah agreed not to enforce a state campaign finance law that violated the First Amendment. The complex law required nonprofit advocacy groups to register with the state and publicly report their supporters’ private information, threatening donations to those organizations. The agreement, known […]

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Library of Law and Liberty: Criminalizing Politics (In the News)

Bradley A. Smith Americans are rhetorically in love with the idea of “transparency,” but Strassel shows that whether the next President is Mr. Trump or Ms. Clinton, it is mandatory disclosure that makes the intimidation game work. That is how the government and its private sector allies know who to target. Originally intended to help […]

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Bloomberg BNA: Super PAC Spending Becoming More Bipartisan (In the News)

Llewellyn Hinkes-Jones Groups simultaneously funding Republican and Democratic super political action committees are becoming increasingly common, a Bloomberg BNA analysis of Federal Election Commission reports has found. Rather than giving to support a single candidate, issue or party, more donors are giving to support both sides of the aisle through outside spending… But, David Keating, […]

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Washington Post: The man who helped create super PACs says they’re here to stay (In the News)

Matea Gold Conservative activist David Keating, who launched the case that created super PACs, is not concerned a new legal effort will succeed in shutting down the big-money groups. “I think they’re here to stay, because it’s basically Americans getting together and speaking about the government,” Keating said. Super PACs are the product of SpeechNow.org […]

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ICYMI: The man who helped create super PACs says they’re here to stay

Washington Post: The man who helped create super PACs says they’re here to stay July 8th, 2016 By Matea Gold https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/07/08/the-man-who-helped-create-super-pacs-says-theyre-here-to-stay/ Conservative activist David Keating, who launched the case that created super PACs, is not concerned a new legal effort will succeed in shutting down the big-money groups. “I think they’re here to stay, because […]

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Legal News Line: Two separate yet similar lawsuits against Calif. AG Harris: One wins, one loses (In the News)

Kerrie Hatcher “In both the CCP and AFP cases, the AG argued that reviewing donor information is important to its task of rooting out fraud and abuse, that reviewing the information will help the office flag irregularities. The problem is, no one from the Attorney General’s office has been able to substantiate this claim that […]

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New York Daily News: New York vs. the First Amendment: New ‘campaign finance’ legislation is an assault on political speech rights (In the News)

David Keating Once again, the fix is in from Albany. On June 18 at 1:45 a.m., politicians introduced a bill to regulate your speech. It passed both houses of the Legislature by 5 a.m. There were no hearings and no input from the public. There was no recorded floor vote in the Senate or the […]

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SCOTUS Blog: Court to hear major new controversies — next Term (In the News)

Lyle Denniston Again without an explanation, the Court refused to hear a Delaware group’s challenge to a new state law requiring the public disclosure of information about people who gave money to an organization that sought to put out a guide for voters.  In Delaware Strong Families v. Denn, Justice Thomas wrote a dissenting opinion […]

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