Illinois Liberty PAC v. Madigan: Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Amici Brief of CLC et al. in Opposition to Illinois Liberty PAC's Motion for InjunctionOct 18, 2012
Amicus brief for Seventh Circuit Court written by the Campaign Legal Center, Chicago Appleseed and Illinois Campaign for Political Reform in opposition to Plaintiffs’-Appellants’ Motion for Injunction, pending appeal or to expedite the full hearing. CLC argues that the Appellants have failed to show a reasonable likelihood of success on the merits. Appellants have failed to show that they are suffering any irreparable harm. Furthermore, importantly, appellants have failed to demonstrate that an injunction would not harm the public interest. Any urgency to appellants’ request for emergency injunctive relief is the result of appellants’ own delay in bringing this legal challenge, waiting until the election was imminent before seeking an injunction.
- Nov 2, 2012
Merits brief of Defendants-Appellees. They argue that the main issue on appeal is whether the district court abused its discretion when it denied, in part, a preliminary injunction motion and denied two motions for injunction pending appeal. Also, that the district court did not abuse its discretion, and its decisions should be affirmed.
Wisconsin Right to Life (WRTL) v. Deininger: Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Amicus Brief of CLC Supporting Deininger and Urging AffirmanceNov 9, 2012
Amicus Brief filed by the Campaign Legal Center supporting Appellees and urging affirmance. The CLC argues that the district court’s decision to deny Plaintiffs-Appellants’ second motion for a preliminary injunction as to Counts 1, 3, 6 and 7 should be affirmed.
- Nov 9, 2012
On August 5, 2010, plaintiffs filed a sweeping lawsuit challenging numerous aspects of Wisconsin campaign finance law, included the state’s definition of “political committee” and various disclosure and reporting requirements applicable to “independent expenditure organizations.” In 2014, a Seventh Circuit panel struck down much of the “dizzying array of statutes and rules” under challenge...
Illinois Liberty PAC v. Madigan: Seventh Circuit Court's Order summarily affirming the district courtNov 15, 2012
Seventh Circuit Court's order summarily affirming the district court. The Court orders that the motion for an injunction pending appeal is denied. It is further ordered that the district court’s denial of the appellants’ motion for a preliminary injunction is summarily affirmed. We agree with the district court that the appellants have not shown that they are likely to succeed on the merits of their challenge to contribution limits in 10 ilcs 5/9-8.5.
O'Keefe v. Chisholm: Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Amici Brief of CLC & Democracy 21 Supporting Chisholm and Urging ReversalAug 8, 2014
Under Wisconsin law, money spent in coordination with a candidate for the purpose of influencing an election is deemed a contribution to such candidate subject to limits and source restrictions, as well as disclosure obligations. See, e.g., Wis. Stat. §§ 11.01(6)(a)1, 11.01(16); 11.06(1); Wis. Admin. Code § GAB 1.42. The goal of this law—and many similar laws at the federal and state level—is to block attempts by big donors to purchase influence over candidates “through prearranged or coordinated expenditures amounting to disguised contributions,” and thereby to prevent political corruption and the appearance of corruption. Buckley v. Valeo, 424 U.S. 1, 47 (1976). The constitutional question raised by this appeal is whether the mere avoidance of words of express electoral advocacy in a coordinated communication so reduces its value as a contribution—and its corruptive potential—that it cannot permissibly be subject to limits or public disclosure.
- Sep 24, 2014
Plaintiffs filed suit seeking to block a nearly two-year investigation into alleged illegal coordination between Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and outside groups during the 2012 attempt to recall Walker. On September 24, 2014, the Seventh Circuit dismissed the suit...
- Oct 22, 2014
On January 31, 2014, Public Citizen filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia challenging the FEC’s failure to investigate whether Crossroads GPS meets the legal definition of a “political committee.” ...
- Oct 29, 2014
On October 2, 2014, Citizens for Responsible Government Advocates (CRG) filed suit to challenge Wisconsin state laws and regulations governing spending by outside groups coordinated with candidates. On November 6, 2014, the district court entered the parties’ stipulated preliminary injunction blocking enforcement of the law as applied to CRG...
- Jun 6, 2017
CLC filed a brief joined by several Illinois-based groups in support of Lisa Madigan, in her capacity as Attorney General of Illinois and her ability to enforce contribution limits.
- Jun 6, 2017
This lawsuit is part of a larger legal strategy among campaign finance reform opponents to undermine all campaign finance laws. Illinois’ contribution limits, like those of the 44 other states that have similar controls, are designed to protect the integrity of the democratic process.