- Dec 16, 2010
Brief of State Appellees. Appellees argue that the Plaintiffs’ claims mischaracterize the Citizens United decision and erroneously assert that Citizens United implicitly overruled certain prior Supreme Court precedent. Numerous court decisions have unanimously rejected these arguments. Moreover, it is argued that the district court correctly reasoned that the remaining Dataphase factors also support the denial of Plaintiffs’ motion. The district court’s decision should be affirmed.
Minnesota Citizens Concerned For Life (MCCL) v. Swanson: Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Amici Brief of CLC & Democracy 21 in Support of Swanson and Urging AffirmanceDec 22, 2010
Amicus brief written by the Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21 in support of Defendants-Appellees and urging affirmance. Amici urge the Court to reject appellants’ baseless challenge to Minnesota’s campaign finance laws, and to affirm the district court’s decision denying appellants’ motion for a preliminary injunction.
- May 16, 2011
Opinion made by Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Melloy. The district court denied the motion, and Minnesota Citizens appealed this denial. The Eighth Circuit Court affirms.
- Nov 17, 2011
Opening brief of Plaintiffs-Appellants. The issues addressed in the brief include whether the district court reached an erroneous legal conclusion and so erred when it declined to preliminarily enjoin the corporate independent expenditure ban; whether the district court reached an erroneous legal conclusion and so erred when it declined to preliminarily enjoin the corporate contribution ban; and whether the district court reached an erroneous legal conclusion and so erred when it declined to preliminarily enjoin application of the independent expenditure definition.
- Sep 5, 2012
The plaintiffs rely on the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Citizens United v. FEC to challenge Minnesota’s restriction on corporate contributions to state candidates and political parties, and its state disclosure requirements for corporate independent expenditures.