State Supreme Court
- Sep 13, 2007
In September 2004, the WA State Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) filed an enforcement action against the 527 group Voter Education Committee (VEC) for the organization’s failure to register as a state political committee and comply with state disclosure requirements. VEC filed a counter-suit challenging the state disclosure laws and claiming the state may only regulate “express advocacy,” not “issue advocacy.” Washington Supreme Court rejected VEC’s claim...
- Mar 5, 2008
In April 2006, mayoral candidate Michael Nutter filed suit to enforce Philadelphia’s newly-enacted contribution limits in connection to several individuals who allegedly were exploring mayoral candidacies but not abiding by those limits. In December 2007, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania upheld the City campaign finance law as a permissible exercise of the City’s home rule authority...
- Apr 15, 2011
Defendants-appellants' opening brief. The issue presented is whether the requirement that corporations make candidate campaign expenditures through individual funds voluntarily raised, first enacted as the Corrupt Practices Act of 1912 and now codified at Mont. Code Ann. § 13-35-227, abridges the freedom of speech guaranteed by U.S. Const. amends. I and XIV, or impairs the freedom of speech guaranteed by Mont. Const. art. II, § 7.
- May 20, 2011
Appellees and Cross-Appellants' opening brief before the Supreme Court of Montana. The issues presented include whether or not § 13-35-227(1), MCA, which expressly prohibits corporations (but not individuals, unincorporated associations, partnerships, or the media) from making independent expenditures to support or oppose political candidates or political parties, bans speech protected by the First Amendment; whether the State has a compelling interest in banning corporate political speech, and, if so, is the statute narrowly tailored to meet that interest; if the statute is unconstitutional, may the State be enjoined from enforcing the ban against corporate political speech; and if the statute is unconstitutional, did the District Court abuse its discretion by not awarding the Appellees their attorney fees under either the Uniform Declaratory Judgment Act or the public attorney general doctrine.
- Dec 30, 2011
Order of the Montana Supreme Court upholding the State's restrictions on corporate independent political expenditures.
- Jul 10, 2014
Districts 5 and 10 were found to be drawn in contravention of the constituional madates of Article III, Section 20, thus making the redistricting map unconsitituional as drawn.
Three Unnamed Petitioners v. Peterson: Supreme Court of Wisconsin Amici Brief of CLC et al. Urging Court to Find Constitutional Wisconsin’s Restrictions on the Coordination of Expenditures Between Candidates and Outside GroupsMar 17, 2015
Under Wisconsin law, money spent in coordination with a candidate for the purpose of influencing an election is deemed a contribution subject to limits and source restrictions, as well as disclosure obligations. The goal of this law-and many similar laws at the federal and state levels-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.
- Jul 9, 2015
The Florida Supreme Court orders that boundaries of eight of the state’s congressional districts be redrawn. The 5-2 ruling found the map in violation of the Florida State Constitution which was amended by Florida voters in 2010 to prohibit partisan gerrymanders.
Texas Democratic Party v. King Street Patriots: Supreme Court of Texas Amicus Brief of CLC in Support of Texas Democratic PartyNov 10, 2015
CLC filed an amicus brief seeking to protect Texas campaign finance law.
- Jun 30, 2017
The King Street Patriots challenged the constitutionality of numerous provisions of Texas campaign finance law, including the state restriction on corporate contributions, and the disclosure and organizational requirements applicable to political committees. The state district court rejected KSP’s challenge, and in October 2014, the Court of Appeals affirmed the lower court decision...
- Jun 30, 2017
In 2015, a group of individual voters in Virginia challenged the 2011 Virginia General Assembly maps as violating the state constitution, arguing that the map drawers subordinated compactness and prioritized partisan criteria in order to achieve self-interested political objectives.
- Jul 6, 2017
CLC filed an amicus brief in support of the plaintiffs.