Recent press releases:

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...
Montana Policy Group Seeking Injunction Based on Unconstitutional Campaign Finance Laws
Today, Montanans for Community Development (“MCD”) asked a Montana federal court to prohibit the Commissioner of Political Practices and other state officials from enforcing unclear campaign finance laws and prevent those officials from investigating violations until constitutionally adequate protections are in place for those accused of violating such laws. MCD is a 501(c)(4) corporation that wants to promote and educate Montanans about opportunities for economic development in the state. It w...
Court Strikes California Requirement of Initiative-Proponent Identification on Initiative Petitions
On June 16, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held unconstitutional California’s requirement that ballot initiative petition forms identify the official initiative proponents. This follows court opinions allowing anonymity at the point of petition circulation. For example, a prior case held that government could not make petition circulators wear name tags because that risked chilling speech. The case is important, among other things, for reasserting that government may not simply ...
Federal Appellate Court Rules That Judicial Candidates Have a Right to Campaign
On Friday, the Ninth Circuit federal appellate court ruled that Arizona judicial canons that restrict the ability of judicial candidates to engage in ordinary political activities as part of their campaigns are unconstitutional. The plaintiff in the case, Randolph Wolfson, is a resident of Golden Valley, Arizona, and was a candidate for Superior Court Judge in Mohave County in the 2008 election. Elections for state court judges in Arizona are partisan. Yet under Arizona law, judicial candidates...