Lawsuit Filed To Challenge Legitimacy of FEC

Michael Harless Election Law, U. S. District Court, District of Columbia

Today, our firm filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on behalf of Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas), Gun Owners of America, Inc., Gun Owners of America Political Victory Fund, Real Campaign Reform.org, Inc., Citizens United, Citizens United Political Victory Fund, Carla Howell, Libertarian Party candidate for Governor of Massachusetts, and Michael Cloud, Libertarian Party candidate for U.S. Senate from Massachusetts. Read More

Michel v. Anderson Amicus Brief

Michael Harless Constitutional Law, U. S. District Court, District of Columbia

Our firm filed an amicus brief for the Abraham Lincoln Foundation for Public Policy Research, Inc. in the case of Michel v. Anderson in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia supporting the plaintiff’s request for a preliminary injunction.

The U.S. House of Representatives had adopted a rule change permitting non-Member Delegates from the District of Columbia and the United States territories and the Resident Commissioner for Puerto Rico to vote in violation of Article I of the Constitution.  Our amicus brief argued the exercise of voting rights by delegates would constitute an illegal and unconstitutional exercise of legislative power. Read More

Judge Norma Holloway Johnson’s Memorandum Opinion in Legal Services Corporation v. Dana, et al.

Michael Harless Special Category, U. S. District Court, District of Columbia

On December 31, 1981, President Reagan used his recess appointment power to appoint Bill Olson as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation, as well as appointing a full slate of new directors. Shortly thereafter, Bill and the other Reagan appointees were sued by the Carter-appointed members of the Board of Directors. (The Complaint appears here.)

Among the plaintiffs in the case was former LSC Chairman Hillary Rodham (the name she then used), First Lady of Arkansas at the time. Ms. Rodham and her board asked the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to issue a temporary restraining order to enjoin Bill and the new board from acting as directors. As part of the defense of the case, Bill filed this Declaration in District Court. Read More