In the News: Ohio Watchdog: U.S. Supreme Court asked to review ‘nation’s strictest PAC regulations’

Maggie Thurber writes about Corsi v. OEC:

The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law really wants to know, so it has filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court seeking an answer.

“Is a small group of Ohioans that infrequently gathers at a coffee shop to discuss public policy, and does not donate to candidates or ballot issues or buy commercials or other advertisements, a “Political Action Committee” (“PAC”) under Ohio law because one of them occasionally makes political statements in pamphlets and on his blog?” the group asks.

In conjunction with the Center for Competitive Politics, the 1851 Center wants the high court to weigh in on how Ohio regulates PACs in the state and to review what it calls “the nation’s strictest Political Action Committee regulations.”

The legal action was filed on behalf of Edmund Corsi, a Cleveland-area blogger. Corsi blogged about state and local political issues, authored a pamphlet critical of local politicians and hosted an informal political discussion group. He is affiliated with the Geauga Constitutional Council.

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The Center for Competitive Politics is now the Institute for Free Speech.