Bloomberg: Anti-Tax Activists Rebuffed at Supreme Court on Election-Disclosure Rules

Written by admin on November 2nd, 2010

Bloomberg reports that the Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal of a decision which attempts to weaken the disclosure requirements of the remaining campaign finance laws.


The U.S. Supreme Court refused to relax the disclosure requirements for groups that spend money to influence federal elections, as the justices turned away an appeal from anti-tax and libertarian activists.

Acting the day before the congressional elections, the high court let stand a ruling requiring to comply with the federal rules that govern so-called political committees. SpeechNow is a free-speech group founded by officials from the anti-tax Club for Growth and the libertarian Cato Institute.

SpeechNow’s backers, led by David Keating, argued unsuccessfully that those rules violated the First Amendment and that the group should have to comply only with the less stringent disclosure requirements that apply to other organizations.

A U.S. appeals court disagreed in a 9-0 decision


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