Defending the First Amendment

By February 6, 2008General

As you can see on the NAM homepage, the National Association of Manufacturers today filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, challenging the constitutionality of a provision in the 2007 lobbying law that would have a chilling effect on our members’ First Amendment rights of association and to petition the government. Our news release is here.

The AP story hits the high points, noting NAM President John Engler’s argument that the bill would be damaging to many trade associations. The Blog of the Legal Times has more here.

For more background and documents, check out the NAM’s Legal Beagle resource section. The case is NAM v. Taylor.

UPDATE (5:25 p.m.): CQPolitics has a good, brief summary.

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  • Joe says:

    to petition the government. ……. you mean BUY the government, don’t you?

  • Paul Dirks says:

    Would you be surprised to learn that I agree with you wholeheartedly on this issue? Though I would note the irony of your relying on the courts for redress when you spend so much energy demonizing “trial lawyers” But chilling political discourse remains a problem no matter whose voice is being stifled. Good luck.

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