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Wagner v. Federal Election Commission

Case Information

Date Filed: October 19, 2011
State: Washington, D.C.
Issue: Campaign Finance
Courts that Heard this Case: U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (Case 1:11-cv-01841); U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (Case 13-5162)

Issue:

Whether a federal statute barring individuals who have government contracts from making political contributions is constitutional.

Status:

Complaint filed 10/19/2011. Answer filed 2/17/12. Motion for Preliminary Injunction denied 4/16/12. Plaintiffs' Motion for Summary Judgment filed 7/12/12. FEC's Motion for Summary Judgment filed 8/15/12. Memorandum and opinion issued 11/2/12. Notice of appeal filed 11/8/12. Circuit Court scheduling order filed 11/19/12. Appellant Brief filed 1/16/13. Appellee Brief filed 2/20/13. Oral Argument held 5/16/13. Opinion Per Curiam Vacating and Remanding 5/31/13. Order Holding Case in Abeyance pending McCutcheon v. FEC filed 9/11/13. Plaintiffs' Supplemental Brief filed 4/25/14. Per Curiam Opinion filed 7/7/15.

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Commentary

Edward B. Foley

Of X-Rays, CT Scans, and Gerrymanders

Edward B. Foley

Progress in the detection of malignant redistricting.

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In the News

Edward B. Foley

Ranked-choice voting: A better way or chaos?

Professor Edward Foley’s book, “Ballot Battles: The History of Disputed Elections in the United States” was quoted in The Ellsworth American, in an article about ranked-choice voting in Maine.

Plurality language was added to Maine’s Constitution in 1880 after none of the candidates for governor in the election of 1879 received a majority vote.

“After this ordeal, the state eliminated the requirement that a gubernatorial candidate win a majority in order to win the office outright; instead, a plurality would suffice,” Foley writes.
 

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Info & Analysis

U.S. Supreme Court Grants Texas\' Request for Stay in Redistricting Case

In two 5-4 votes, the U.S. Supreme Court granted stays in a Texas redistricting case involving Congressional and state house questions, putting on hold the district court\'s orders for the Texas legislature to redraw certain district lines. The stays will be in place until the Supreme Court rules on Texas\' appeal, likely next year. The case is Perez v. Abbott.

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