James Madison Center for Free Speech
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Terre Haute, IN 47807
April 18, 2006
James Bopp, Jr.
Phone: 812-232-2434; Fax firstname.lastname@example.org
Oral Argument for Maine Group’s Suit Challenging the
Electioneering Communications Prohibition is Set for Next Week.
The United States District Court for the District of Columbia today ordered
the hearing of arguments for the motion of the Christian Civic League of Maine
for preliminary injunction for Monday, April 24, 2006 at 2:00 p.m.. CCL, a
tax-exempt Maine corporation, filed suit on April 3 to secure preliminary
injunction to allow it to broadcast a grassroots lobbying advertisement in
support of the federal Marriage Protection Amendment after May 14, 2006, when
the BCRA’s “blackout period” prohibiting such broadcasts will begin. The suit
also seeks permanent injunction allowing broadcast of similar ads during future
James Bopp, Jr., lead counsel for the CCL, notes the apparent speed with
which the case is proceeding. “The court sees the urgency of the spot we’re in.
If the upcoming vote passes before CCL can safely broadcast its ad, the
opportunity and the First Amendment rights that are attached will be forever
lost.” “Hopefully, CCL and similar groups will soon be able to broadcast such
grassroots lobbying ads without fear of prosecution or intrusive investigations
by the FEC,” Bopp adds.
The hearing will be held before a three-judge panel consisting of Judge
Judith W. Rogers of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of
Columbia, and Judges Louis F. Oberdorfer and Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of the D.C.
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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