Federal Election Commission v. Christine Beaumont, et al.

Michael Harless Election Law, U. S. Supreme Court

Our firm filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of RealCampaignReform.org, Inc., Conservative Legal Defense and Education Fund, Gun Owners of America, Inc., English First, and U.S. Justice Foundation in support of respondents Christine Beaumont, et al. urging the Court to affirm the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit that struck down the Federal Election Campaign Act’s (FECA’s) ban on contributions by certain incorporated nonprofit advocacy groups in federal elections as unconstitutional.

Our brief itemizes the numerous FEC-created exceptions to the statutory ban on corporate contributions, supports the extension of the Supreme Court’s rule in Massachusetts Citizens for Life case dealing with independent expenditures to contributions, and explains how this provision of the FECA violates the freedom of the press.

Link to brief