Recent press releases:

Hawaii’s Law Making Multimillion Dollar Electrical Construction Company a PAC is Appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court
Press Release  August 17, 2015 Contact: James Bopp, Jr.Phone 812/232-2434; Cell 812/243-0825; Fax 812/235-3685; jboppjr@aol.com Hawaii’s Law Making Multimillion Dollar Electrical Construction Company a PAC is Appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court Hawaii law – rather than requiring constitutional, simple, one time event driven reports – requires a large family owned business to be a state PAC when it spends more than $1000 on newspaper issue ads. A-1 A-Lectrician, Inc., a large, for-profit...
Wisconsin Supreme Court Justices Urged To Remain on John Doe Cases
Today, the James Madison Center for Free Speech filed an amicus brief with the Wisconsin Supreme Court advising the Court that a judge is not constitutionally required to remove herself from a case simply because a party made independent expenditures years ago supporting their candidacy. The brief is in response to a motion filed by the state, seeking to have various justices remove themselves from the case, a process known as recusal. The case is a consolidation of cases relating to “John Doe”...
Judicial Candidates Ask Supreme Court to Strike Down Personal Solicitations Ban
Today, six judicial candidates joined the James Madison Center for Free Speech in filing an amicus brief asking the United States Supreme Court to strike down Florida’s personal solicitation ban, citing the First Amendment’s political speech protections as grounds. Last month, the United States Supreme Court agreed to review a Florida Supreme Court decision that upheld Florida’s personal solicitation clause. The clause prohibits judicial candidates from making any personal solicitations for the...
Renewed Injunction Sought Against Unfair Business Campaign Contributions Limits
Last Friday, a bipartisan coalition of candidates, business people, and others asked a federal court to reverse its 2009 decision upholding New York City’s campaign finance laws which unfairly reduced the contribution limits for the business community to just one-tenth of what everyone else is allowed to contribute, make their contributions unmatchable under the City’s public funding scheme, and ban contributions from LLCs, LLPs and partnerships. These laws favor labor unions, since contribution...
Vermont Campaign Finance Law Is Before the U.S. Supreme Court Again
Vermont’s campaign-finance law, that requires a lobby group to be a PAC if it engages in over $1,000 in issue advocacy and that imposed contribution limits on Vermont “superpacs,” was appealed Monday to the U.S. Supreme Court. The challenge is brought by Vermont Right to Life Committee, Inc. (“VRLC”), and Vermont Right to Life Committee – Fund for Independent Political Expenditures (“VRLC-FIPE”). VRLC, a 501(c)(4) lobby and issue advocacy group, seeks to engage in advocacy about issues via newsl...