Lobbying Law: Reforming the First Amendment

By February 7, 2008Briefly Legal

From The Politico, writing on the National Association of Manufacturers’ lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a provision in 2007 lobbying disclosure legislation.

This new disclosure under the lobbying law is required only of associations comprising member companies.

It does not include groups such as unions that are made up of individual members or, as cited at a press conference announcing the lawsuit, organizations like the Trial Lawyers Association.

One might infer from the disparate treatment that politics, not the impulse for honest leadership and open government, played a role in the writing of the law. One might…

P.S. The Hill story lays out the issues very well, although we object to the euphemism: “The reform community.” We propose an alternative description, “Critics of the First Amendment.”

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