Court Rejects NAM’s Appeal on Lobbying Law

By April 21, 2008General

From CQ Politics:

Appeals Court Rejects Stay of Lobbying Disclosure Ruling
A federal appeals court Monday denied an urgent request from the National Association of Manufacturers to delay enforcement of a new lobbying law requiring the group to name its members.

The group is now asking the Supreme Court to delay enforcement of the law, said Quentin Riegel, NAM’s deputy general counsel.

Lobbying reports that include the membership details were due Monday, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit refused NAM’s request for a delay.

U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly upheld the law’s disclosure requirement in an April 11 ruling. NAM appealed the decision and asked for a stay while its appeal was considered. But Kollar-Kotelly rejected that request April 18.

Riegel said the group hadn’t decided exactly how it will respond to the appeals court’s refusal to delay the disclosure requirement. NAM’s last hope for a delay in compliance lies with the Supreme Court.

“We’ll hold off on filing for most of the day and hope for some definitive resolution from the court,” Riegel said.

For more background and documents on NAM v. Taylor, go to the NAM’s Legal Beagle search engine.


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