Category Archives: Litigation

“To Right, Citizens United Just A Start”

Politico published this interesting report on the current campaign finance cases working their way through the federal courts.

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FEC Brief Urges Supreme Court To Deny Review Of Party Coordinated Expenditure Case

BNA Money & Politics Reports ($) published an article about the brief filed on behalf of the Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) urging the United States Supreme Court to deny the cert petition filed by the Republican National Committee (“RNC”) and former … Continue reading

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“2010 Battle Over Citizens United Ruling Still Unresolved As 2012 Campaign Looms”

BNA Money & Politics Reports published an article this morning that lays out the campaign finance reformer view of the campaign finance legislative and regulatory landscape.  The article discusses one campaign finance reformer’s belief that reform community may have an … Continue reading

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Federal Court To Hear Challenge To Foreign National Contribution Ban

The Blog of the Legal Times (“BLT”) reports that a federal court will hear a constitutional challenge the ban on foreign national campaign contributions.  The plaintiffs are two foreign nationals who want to make campaign contributions in American elections.   Urbina … Continue reading

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Is Another Campaign Finance Battle Brewing Over Party Committee Coordinated Expenditure Limits?

The Republican National Committee (“RNC”) and its fellow plaintiffs filed a petition for writ of certiorari with the United States Supreme Court in their constitutional challenge to the statutory limits on coordinated expenditures by political party committees in Cao v. FEC.  The … Continue reading

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White House, Democrats And Their Soft Money Allies Continue Smear Campaign Despite No Evidence

CBS News reports that the White House, Congressional Democrats and their soft money allies are continuing their smear campaign against the U.S. Chamber of Commerce despite the fact that senior White House officials admitted over the weekend that there is … Continue reading

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White House Admits No Evidence To Support Allegations Against U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The New York Times published a must-read article today deconstructing the coordinated smear campaign by the White House, Congressional Democrats, and their soft-money, pro-regulation allies alleging that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce used funds from foreign sources to finance its … Continue reading

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Federal Court Upholds Party Coordinated Limits in Cao v. FEC

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision Friday upholding the coordinated party limits in Cao v. FEC.  The Republican National Committee, Republican Party of Louisiana, and Congressman Cao challenged the party coordinated limits on constitutional grounds.   The Federal … Continue reading

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Supreme Court May Review FEC Disclosure Requirements

BNA Money & Politics Reports ($) reports that the Supreme Court may have an opportunity to review whether the Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) disclosure requirements applicable to certain political communications are constitutional.  One of the cases, Real Truth About Obama, … Continue reading

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Speculation Grows That Justice Stevens Will Soon Retire, Setting The Stage For A Confirmation Battle

Multiple articles published this morning discuss the possibility that U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens will soon retire.  Apparently, U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan and two federal appellate court judges are among the White House’s top candidates to fill a … Continue reading

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RNC v. FEC – Federal Court Upholds National Party Committee Soft Money Ban

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit released its opinion in Republican National Committee v. Federal Election Commission.  The Court upheld McCain-Feingold’s soft money ban for national party committees.   The Associated Press reports that RNC Chairman Michael … Continue reading

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SpeechNow.org v. FEC – Federal Court Strikes Contribution Limits To Independent Expenditure Groups

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit released its opinion this morning in SpeechNow.org v. FEC.  The court held that the contribution limits applicable to committees engaging solely in independent expenditures violate the First Amendment, but upheld the … Continue reading

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Solicitor General Defends FEC’s Alternate Definition Of Express Advocacy In Filing With The United States Supreme Court

BNA Money & Politics Reports published an article discussing the Solicitor General’s filing opposing Real Truth About Obama, Inc.’s (“RTAO”) petition for certiorari with the United States Supreme Court in Real Truth About Obama, Inc. v. Federal Election Commission.  According … Continue reading

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Citizens United – States Changing Laws To Comply With Decision

The Washington Post published a piece discussing the actions taken by a number of states to comply with the United States Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC.

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Unions Gain Most From Citizens United Decision

The Hill published an article resulting from an interview with an attorney for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  In the article, the attorney states his belief that the unions will gain the most from the Citizens United holding and that … Continue reading

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