Defending the First Amendment

By April 14, 2008Briefly Legal, Media Relations

U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly has ruled against the NAM’s lawsuit challenging provisions of the 2007 statute, the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act, as a violation of the constitutional rights of speech, association and petitioning the government for redress of grievances. It’s not a lightning bolt surprise, by any means, and the process continues. The NAM will seek a stay to prevent the law from going into effect. As NAM President John Engler said in a news release:

We remain convinced that many of the law’s burdensome and intrusive disclosure requirements will have a serious chilling effect on the Constitutional rights of our members. Public debate is not served by undermining the rights of business – employers and employees alike – or when laws limit speech, association and the public’s ability to petition the government.

We are committed to protecting the rights of everyone in this country, including those who work for manufacturers, to freely associate and to exercise their First Amendment rights without the government interfering with or chilling them.

The NAM’s briefs in NAM v. Taylor are available here, and the judge’s ruling is here as a .pdf file. The CQ Politics story is told straight.

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