SpeechNow.org v. FEC

SpeechNow.org is a case challenging the FEC’s ruling that two or more citizens cannot join together to air ads urging the defeat or election of specific candidates for federal office without registering as a political committee and being subject to a $5,000 contribution limit per donor.

For more, read Download file SpeechNow.org Backgrounder

On March 26, 2010 a federal appeals court held in a unanimous opinion that that the government may not limit unincorporated associations of citizens from banding together to spend money advocating for or against candidates.


FEC Filings & Rulings
Download file SpeechNow.org Advisory Opinion Request Download file Commissioner Mason’s Dissent in SpeechNow.org
Download file SpeechNow.org Supplement to Advisory Opinion Request
Court Filings & Rulings
Download file SpeechNow.org Complaint Download file District Court’s Order on SpeechNow.org’s Request for a Preliminary Injunction
Download file SpeechNow.org Preliminary Injunction Memo Download file SpeechNow.org Reply brief in support of Preliminary Injunction
Download file SpeechNow.org v. FEC, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling Download file SpeechNow.org v. FEC, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals order
Speechnow  decision continues deregulatory trend in campaign finance realm Neil Reiff Commentary
LA Times: Rulings split on campaign fundraising
Reuters: Court strikes down campaign contribution limits
National Journal: Campaign Finance Rules May Take a Beating
Online & Blogs
CCP: National Journal on Speechnow More Soft Money Hard Law: SpeechNow v. FEC: Round One
CCP: March of freedom continues in Speechnow.org v. FEC Reason.com: The First Amendment cannot be encroached upon for naught
WSJ Law Blog:Judges United: D.C. Circuit Shoots Down Limits on Campaign Donations
Press Releases
SpeechNow.org Requests Advisory Opinion  

class=”prheadline”>First Amendment victory: appeals court strikes limits in SpeechNow.org v. FEC

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