National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) v. Taylor
In February 2008, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) challenged a provision in the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act (HLOGA) that requires a lobbying coalition, such as NAM, to disclose any member organizations of the coalition that fund the coalition’s lobbying activities and “actively participate” in such lobbying activities. In April 2008, the district court dismissed the case, finding that the HLOGA provision was narrowly tailored to serve the state’s compelling interests in promoting transparency and deterring corruption in government. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the constitutionality of the disclosure provision on September 8, 2009.