The federal D.C. appellate court and Chief Justice Roberts yesterday rejected the National Association of Manufacturer’s request for an immediate stay of enforcement of the “affiliated organizations” provision of Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007, i.e., NAM v. Taylor. Since Monday was the deadline for filing lobbying disclosures with the House and Senate, the NAM did so, leaving out the relevant identifications because of the continuing litigation — our appeal of Judge Kollar-Kotelly’s decision. Here is the statement we filed.
All part of the process. The NAM firmly believes that Section 207 of the lobbying disclosure law unconstitutionally restricts the rights of our member companies to petition the government for redress of grievances, to freely associate, and to exercise their free speech rights. The chilling effect is pervasive.
For documentation on the NAM’s lawsuit, please visit our Legal Beagle website, here.
Business Journals: “Lobbying still booming; disclosure law upheld.”
Meanwhile, an unrelated issue, “bundling” of campaign contributions by lobbyists, has also complicated the law’s enactment. From The Wall Street Journal: “Reports on Lobbyists Hit Snag.”
But the disclosures have fallen prey to a standoff between Senate Democrats and President Bush over appointees to fill four vacancies on the Federal Election Commission. The commission was supposed to issue a regulation to enforce the bundling provision, but with only two of the commission’s six seats occupied, it can’t vote on a final rule.
Always a mess when you monkey around with the First Amendment.
UPDATE (10:05 a.m.) The NAM’s first quarter lobbying report is now online at the House disclosure website, here.
UPDATE (11:45 a.m.) CQ Politics story.
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