Appeals panel denies stay request in electioneering communications disclosure case

by - May 15, 2012

APPEALS PANEL DENIES STAY REQUEST IN DISCLOSURE CASE: Late last night, a three-judge D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals panel denied a request to stay a lower court ruling that would require organizations engaging in political electioneering communications to disclose most of their source donors. The ruling, which is likely just the latest step in an escalating fight over political spending transparency, is rooted in a lawsuit brought by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) against the Federal Election Commission. Although the FEC didn’t appeal the initial district court ruling, the Center for Individual Freedom and the Hispanic Leadership Fund intervened and appealed.

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