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Legal News
19 Jan 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday will hear oral arguments [hearing list, PDF] for the case Williams-Yulee v. Florida Bar [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] which may undo campaign finance restrictions on state judicial candidates around the country. The plaintiff Lanell Williams-Yulee was a county judge candidate in Florida, who … [read more]

Legal News
16 Nov 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] on Friday upheld [opinion, PDF] a Mississippi campaign finance law that requires disclosure of political contributions. The Mississippi campaign finance law [text] states that a person or group who contributes more than $200 to any ballot initiative must … [read more]

Legal News
2 Apr 2014
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled 5-4 Wednesday in McCutcheon v. FEC [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that limits on overall campaign contributions by individual donors are unconstitutional. The court previously held in Buckley v. Valeo [opinion] that limits on contributions implicate First Amendment interests but that limits may be imposed … [read more]

Legal News
16 Dec 2013
by Max Slater

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday in Heimeshoff v. Hartford Life Insurance [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that a woman was not entitled to disability benefits under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) [official website] because the applicable statute of limitations had run. Petitioner Julie Heimeshoff argued … [read more]

Academic Commentary
4 Nov 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Richard Briffault of the Columbia Law School says that McCutcheon v. FEC could upend a central element of campaign finance doctrine but even if the court's judgment is less radical than that, the erosion of restrictions on the electoral role of great private wealth will likely continue … [read more]

Legal News
8 Oct 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Tuesday in a campaign finance case. In McCutcheon v. FEC [transcript, PDF; JURIST report] the court heard arguments on the constitutionality of the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) [text] limit on individual campaign contributions. The court previously … [read more]

20 Jul 2013

In addition to the legislative acts highlighted above, the Taft-Hartley Act was adopted over the veto of US President Harry S. Truman in 1947. The law was aimed at curtailing the political actions and influence of labor unions in US federal elections. Specifically, the Act amended the National Labor Relations … [read more]

Academic Commentary
25 Feb 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Justin Levitt of the Loyola Law School says that the Supreme Court's newest campaign finance case need not signal a sea change in the Court's campaign finance doctrine...For better or worse, a professor's thoughts are never far from final exams. The best exams, I think, test students' … [read more]

Legal News
20 Feb 2013
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] granted the first two cases [order list, PDF] of the 2013 term on Tuesday, including one on campaign finance [JURIST backgrounder]. In McCutcheon v. FEC [notice of appeal, PDF; case materials] the court will consider whether the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) [text] … [read more]

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