A conservative group's push to air a documentary aimed at Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Democrats met resistance in federal court Tuesday, as a judge pushed back against Citizens United's effort to avoid campaign disclosure laws.
U.S. District Court Judge R. Brooke Jackson expressed skepticism as he pressed Citizens United attorney Ted Olson, the former U.S. Solicitor General, on his argument that the nonprofit political organization deserved the same free-speech protections afforded to newspapers and television stations.
Citizens United asked the court to void a decision from the Colorado Secretary of State's office that required the group to disclose its donors and label the film "Rocky Mountain Heist" as an electioneering communication under state law. The group contends it is a legitimate media source.
Former Sen. Alan Simpson's swipe at Sen. Ted Cruz about Cruz's comment that political satire on shows like "Saturday Night Live" may become illegal if a campaign finance amendment is passed, shows that Simpson is detached from reality, says David Bossie, president of Citizens United.
"It just goes to show you that Alan Simpson's completely out to lunch," Bossie said Friday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"Alan has been out of the Senate a long time and he really, I don't think, is following at all what's going on in reality."
After dragging its feet for four years, the federal agency that regulates campaign spending is finally moving to conform with a landmark Supreme Court decision that dramatically loosened election spending rules.
The leaders of the Federal Election Commission announced the agreement on Thursday. It marks the apparent end of a protracted deadlock on the panel over how to comply with the controversial 2010 Citizens United ruling, which lifted restrictions on corporate and union spending in elections.
The agreement also gets the FEC on the same page with the more recent McCutcheon decision, which overturned aggregate contribution limits for donors.
The 2010 Supreme Court decision that helped usher in a new era of political spending gave Republicans a measurable advantage on Election Day, according to a new study.
The advantage isn’t large, but it is statistically significant: The researchers found the ruling, in Citizens United v. FEC, was associated with a six percentage-point increase in the likelihood that a Republican candidate would win a state legislative race.
And in six of the most affected states — Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, Ohio and Tennessee — the probability that a Republican would be elected to a state legislative seat increased by 10 percentage points or more.
DENVER — Citizens United is suing after the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office ruled a movie the conservative group is producing falls under state campaign laws.
The Virginia-based group sued Secretary of State Scott Gessler in federal court in Denver on Thursday, saying it deserved the same free-speech protections as traditional media and liberal documentary filmmakers. Citizens United is finishing a movie called “Rocky Mountain Heist” about those it says have influenced Colorado’s political swing to the left over the past decade.
In June, Deputy Secretary of State Suzanne Staiert ruled the group must disclose the movie’s financiers.
KUSA - Political-advocacy group Citizens United is suing Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler over the conservative group's desire to be exempt from state-election finance laws.
Citizens United, the namesake of the 2010 controversial landmark Supreme Court decision that opened the floodgates to unlimited corporate political spending, plans to release an "expose" documentary, "Rocky Mountain Heist," on the influence of political groups in Colorado.
The suit claims the Virginia-based group has a "First Amendment right to engage in political expression and media activities on the same terms as other media entities."
Citizens United filed a lawsuit against Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler in federal court in Denver Thursday, the first step in a legal fight that could rewrite the ways states handle election disclosures.
The Virginia-based conservative group is finishing a movie called "Rocky Mountain Heist," about those who have influenced Colorado's political swing to the left over the past decade, calling out advocacy groups and politicians, likely including Gov. John Hickenlooper and Sen. Mark Udall, who are in tough races this fall.
In June, Deputy Secretary of State Suzanne Staiert ruled that the group would need to disclose the movie's financiers under state campaign laws. The organization contended it deserved the same free-speech protections as traditional media and liberal documentary filmmaker Michael Moore.
A multitude of conservatives will soon descend on the nation’s heartland to heed the words of conservative luminaries. The third annual Family Leadership Summit gets underway in scenic Ames, Iowa, on Saturday for a daylong examination of traditional family values and their place on the planet. Among the many at the podium, appearing one after another in a nine-hour session: Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Tim Scott of South Carolina; Rep. Steve King of Iowa; Govs. Terry Branstad of Iowa, Rick Perry of Texas and Bobby Jindal of Louisiana; Tony Perkins, David Bossie and Mike Huckabee. It’s a family-style event, with some old-fashioned trimmings, opening with a cordial welcome, then a prayer. The modest $20 admission includes a box lunch.
“One of the hopeful outcomes of the Summit is to bring conservatives together early and consistently in the process leading up to the 2016 elections,” says Bob Vander Plaats, CEO of the Family Leader, the primary organizer of the event, along with Citizens United and Family Research Council Action. “We believe that by laying this foundation through an intentional leadership summit, the likelihood for conservatives to coalesce in a spirit of unity for impact and influence in 2014, 2016, and beyond will be greatly enhanced.”