Wilmington News Journal: Supreme Court rejects challenge to Delaware election law (In the News)

Jessica Masulli Reyes

Center for Competitive Politics President David Keating said they were disappointed that the court declined to hear the case. He called the law the most radical in the country.

“The concern is anyone who mentions the name of a candidate near an election has to file reports of all their donors,” he said. “It is an enormous burden.”..

The center pointed to an unusual six-page dissent by Justice Clarence Thomas that said this case could have been an opportunity to clarify that the state’s interest in transparency does not always trump First Amendment rights in federal and state elections.

“In my view, the purported government interest in an informed electorate cannot justify the First Amendment burdens that disclosure requirements impose,” Thomas wrote.

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