May 12, 2006
James Bopp, Jr.
Phone: 812-232-2434; Fax firstname.lastname@example.org
Christian Civic League Appeals to U.S. Supreme
Today, the Christian Civic League of Maine appealed its case to the U.S.
Supreme Court. The League is seeking an injunction to permit it to broadcast a
grassroots lobbying advertisement in support of the federal Marriage Protection
Amendment before a Senate vote on the measure in early June. The D.C. District
Court denied a preliminary injunction on May 9.
The ad names Maine’s two Senators and asks hearers to call them and ask
them to support the Amendment. But because Sen. Snowe is a candidate (unopposed
) in a June 13 primary, the ad will officially become an “electioneering
communication” on May 14, and the League will be prohibited from running
The League has asked the Supreme Court to consolidate the briefing on the
Jurisdictional Statement with the merits briefing and set oral argument yet in
May. The Court could rely on summary affirmance or reversal to resolve the
appeal or hear the case in the normal course.
James Bopp, Jr., attorney for the League, comments: “The district court
never really addressed the actual legal issues in the case, such as the fact
that this case involves the constitutional right to petition. We anticipate that
the Supreme Court will actually consider the narrow constitutional issue the
case presents instead of painting with the broad brush strokes the district
court employed. We continue to believe that the First Amendment does not permit
incumbent politicians to use campaign finance laws to shield themselves from
grassroots lobbying about upcoming votes in Congress.”
Copies of the Jurisdictional Statement and the Motion to Expedite and
Consolidate Briefing are available at the James Madison Center for Free Speech
James Bopp, Jr. has a national campaign finance and election law practice.
He is General Counsel for the James Madison Center for Free Speech.
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