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The Real Truth About Abortion, Inc. v. Federal Election Commission, et al.

Case Information

Date Filed: July 30, 2008
State: National
Issue: Campaign Finance
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (Case 3:08-cv-00483); U.S. Circuit Court for the 4th Circuit (Case 11-1760 ); U.S. Supreme Court (Case 12-311)

Issue:

Whether an injunction should be issued regarding the FEC’s policy for implementing the “major purpose” test in federal political committee determinations.

Status:

Notice of appeal filed 7/16/11. Opinion Granting DOJ's Motion for Summary Judgment entered 6/16/11. Notice of Supplemental Authority to Motion for Summary Judgment filed 2/9/11.  Response to Notice filed by Federal Election Commission on 2/14/11. Final Order Granting the Department of Justice's FEC's Motion for Summary Judgment filed 6/16/11. Notice of appeal filed 7/16/11. Appellant files Circuit Court brief 9/19/11. Circuit Court oral arguments held 3/21/12. Opinion issued 6/12/12. Formal Mandate issued 8/6/12. Petition for cert filed 9/13/12. Brief in Opposition filed 11/13/12. Reply Brief filed 11/26/12. Order Denying Cert. Petition filed 1/7/13.

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Commentary

Daniel P. Tokaji

An Ominous Supreme Court Decision

Daniel P. Tokaji

Anyone who cares about the right to vote should be very concerned by yesterday’s 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Husted v. NAACP . The one-paragraph stay order effectively stops same day registration in Ohio, which was to start today, and reduces the early voting period. The evidence showed that these voting opportunities were heavily used by African American and poor voters, who will be disproportionately burdened by the cuts. Even more disconcerting, however, are the implications of yesterday’s decision for the future of the right to vote.

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In the News

Daniel P. Tokaji

Scott Walker case shows growing closeness between politicians and wealthy allies

Professor Daniel Tokaji was quoted in an article in The Washington Post about an investigation into allegations Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker illegally coordinated fundraising efforts with outside conservative groups during his campaign. State and federal laws restrict candidates from sharing political strategy with outside organizations. Tokaji noted, however, it is sometimes difficult, based on the current laws, to prove what is coordination and what is simply cooperation between the parties.

“They are trying to do as much as they can to cooperate without illegally coordinating — which, in truth, is not that difficult to do, because the line for what counts as coordination is a particularly high bar,” he said.

 

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Info & Analysis

Fourth Circuit Issues Opinion in North Carolina Case, Blocking Part of New Voting Law

Today the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals issued an opinion blocking some of the recently enacted changes to North Carolina voting law including the elimination of same day voter registration. The case is North Carolina NAACP v. McCrory.

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