The Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog — always a good read — has a brief preview of pending oral arguments in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, mentioning the NAM’s lobbying disclosure litigation. Citing Legal Times (subscription required), the blog summarizes in “Forget the Supremes, Our Eyes are on the D.C. Circuit“:
NAM v. Taylor: Is the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007 constitutional? The National Association of Manufacturers doesn’t think so. Later this month, the D.C. Circuit will hear arguments over whether the law’s requirement that private associations reveal information about members who’ve given more than $5000 violates the First Amendment. Quentin Riegel, NAM’s deputy general counsel, says the internal deliberations of the association are not for the prying eyes of the government. “Some of our issues are quite controversial,” says Riegel. “Congress wants to know who of our members participated and that has the potential for damaging our member companies.”
For a summary of the litigation and primary documents, see this entry in the NAM’s Legal Beagle search engine.
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