Free Speech Coalition Comments to FEC on Membership

Michael Harless Administrative Law, Election Law

On behalf of the Free Speech Coalition, we filed comments with the Federal Election Commission supporting the proposed changes to revise the definition of a “member” of a membership organization, so long as the changes set forth in FSC’s comments are incorporated into the adopted regulations.  The first change is that membership organizations be permitted to waive the dues criterion for membership in appropriate instances according to predetermined specific criteria (such as financial hardship) approved by the organization’s governing body, restoring the pre-1993 status quo. Next, FSC requests that the expanded requirements imposed on membership organizations to state expressly the rights, qualifications, obligations, and requirements for membership in its articles, bylaws and other formal organizational documents and to make these documents freely available to its members be stricken from the final regulations.  The last change is that certain proposed sections which reject the state law definitions of “membership organizations” and “member” be removed from the final regulations. 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

Herb Titus Testimony against Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Michael Harless Appearances

While Dean of Regent University School of Law, Herb Titus testified against the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.  See his prepared statement and transcript of hearings, p. 87-108, Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1991, Hearings before the Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights of the Committee on the Judiciary on H.R. 2797, Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1991, May 13 and 14, 1992. Read More