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Federal court won’t expedite appeal of state’s corporate disclosure law

Groups appealing Minnesota’s law requiring disclosure of corporate political spending won’t have their case speed through the courts, as they’d hoped.

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals said today it won’t expedite the case and that that oral arguments will be  held Jan. 11 in St. Louis.

Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, the Taxpayers League of Minnesota and Coastal Travel Enterprises, which are supporting Republican Tom Emmer in the governor’s race, are trying to overturn the law on free-speech grounds. They lost last month in federal court, when U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank refused to block the state law.

The 8th Circuit took under advisement the group’s request for an injunction to keep the law from being enforced during the appeals process.

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  1. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 10/04/2010 - 07:17 pm.

    It’s bad enough that corporations are now considered “persons” with a “right” to free speech. These 3 organizations want to take a bad – but legal, for the moment – idea, and make it even worse.

    If I make a $10 donation to a political campaign, the campaign is required to get my name and address. It should absolutely be no less than that for corporations and organizations, which are typically donating 10 or 100 times the relative pittance I can usually allocate from my monthly budget to a political candidate or cause.

    All of which is to say that I’m VERY happy to see the federal court not accelerate this case to accede to the wishes of these organizations. If I can’t hide my $10 or $25 behind a cloak of anonymity, neither should a corporation or organization be able to. With luck, the court will rule, as the lower court did, that requiring the identity of corporate and organizational donors to political campaigns to be on the public record is an important safeguard of democracy, and they’ll issue that ruling on November 3rd.

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