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True the Vote, Inc. v. IRS

Case Information

Date Filed: May 21, 2013
State: Washington, D.C.
Issue: Campaign Finance
Current Court: U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (Case 1:13-CV-00734)

Issue:

1) Whether True the Vote is exempt from Federal Income tax as a 501(c)(3) organization.

2) Whether the IRS violated True the Vote's First Amendment right of freedom of speech and association.

3) Whether the IRS overstepped its statutory authority in requesting additional information from True the Vote.

Status:

Complaint filed 5/21/13. Motion to Dismiss counts 1, 2, 3, and 5 filed 9/26/13. Plaintiff's motion to stay agency action filed 11/15/13. True the Vote's Opposition to Motion to Dismiss on 11/26/13. Multiple Replies Supporting Motion to Dismiss on 12/17/13. Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary Injunction and Expedited Discovery filed 6/30/14. Order denying Motion for Discovery and Motion for Preliminary Injunction filed 8/7/14. Order granting Motion to Dismiss filed 10/22/14. Plaintiff's Notice of Appeal filed 12/18/14. Order that appeal be held in abeyance filed 5/8/15. Oral argument at D.C. Circuit held 4/14/16. D.C. Circuit Court opinion affirming in part, reversing in part, filed 8/5/16. U.S.'s Answer to First Amended Complaint filed 12/19/16. True the Vote's Memo in Opposition to U.S.'s Motion for Summary Judgment filed 1/19/17.

 

Court of Appeals Documents

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Commentary

Edward B. Foley

The Electoral Fix We Really Need

Edward B. Foley

The Electoral College winner should be the majority choice in each state that counts towards that Electoral College victory.

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In the News

Edward B. Foley

Gerrymandering Is Headed Back to the Supreme Court

Professor Edward Foley was requoted in Mother Jones about a gerrymandering case in Wisconsin on its way to the Supreme Court. Other legal actions on partisan gerrymandering in Maryland and in North Carolina may be bound for the Supreme Court as well.

While previous Supreme Court cases have noted that partisan gerrymanders are “incompatible with democratic principles,” The New York Times originally reported, the court has never officially struck a case down. While it remains unseen how the Supreme Court will rule in the upcoming cases, a 2004 ruling from a previous gerrymandering case could play a pivotal role in how the court stands in the future. 

“The ordered working of our Republic, and of the democratic process, depends on a sense of decorum and restraint in all branches of government, and in the citizenry itself,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote in 2004. Kennedy’s statement is “the most important line” in the decision, Foley told The New York Times, adding,  “He’s going to look at what’s going on in North Carolina as the complete absence of that. I think that helps the plaintiffs in any of these cases.”


 

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Info & Analysis

U.S. Supreme Court Affirms District Court: NC Redistricting Unconstitutional

In a 5-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the District Court, finding that North Carolina\'s Congressional redistricting plan violated the U.S. Constitution. The Court determined that racial considerations unlawfully predominated the designing of the contested districts. The case is Cooper v. Harris.

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