Washington, DC – Citizens United has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado against Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler which challenges the application of Colorado’s campaign finance regulatory regime to the documentary film, Rocky Mountain Heist. Citizens United is currently in production with plans to release the film this fall. A summary of the lawsuit can be found here.
“We filed this lawsuit to vindicate Citizens United’s First Amendment right to engage in political expression and media activities on the same terms as other media entities,” said Theodore B. Olson, former U.S. Solicitor General and attorney for Citizens United. “Colorado’s campaign-finance laws impose burdensome reporting and disclosure requirements on Citizens United and other speakers engaged in political discourse in the weeks preceding an election, unless the speakers happen to own a newspaper, magazine, or radio or television station. Such discrimination in favor of selected media and against other media is impossible to reconcile with the First Amendment, which guarantees all Americans the right to engage in open and robust political expression on equal terms.”
“Colorado state law smacks in the face the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC and Citizens United is dedicated to continue to fight for all Americans’ First Amendment rights,” said David N. Bossie, President of Citizens United. “Colorado’s campaign finance laws are infringing on our basic rights as Americans. We had no other option than to file this lawsuit because we want to distribute our latest documentary, Rocky Mountain Heist, to Coloradans without being saddled by burdensome Colorado state law.”