/US Supreme Court lets campaign disclosure rules stand

US Supreme Court lets campaign disclosure rules stand

The nation’s highest court refused to review a U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling from November 2014. This decision, which supported the requirement that registration and reporting be required for any person or group spending more $200 to obtain further information about a ballot initiative, was backed by the state. The U.S. District Court of North Mississippi filed the decision on Thursday. For the three-judge panel of Texas judges, Judge Gregg Costa of Texas wrote that “these reporting requirements…are not burdensome.” Costa made reference to Louis Brandeis’ observation “sunlight” is the best disinfectant. In his 2014 ruling, Costa also cited the late Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis. The plaintiffs were Alison Kinnaman, Matthew Johnson and Sharon Bynum. Paul Avelar, an attorney with the Institute for Justice, Tempe, Ariz. said that he and his clients were “very disappointed” by the decision. He said that the important question was “how government can regulate even the smallest groups.” This issue should be addressed by the U.S. Supreme Court. “We’re sorry it wasn’t ours,” the Fifth Circuit’s decision overruled that of District Judge Sharion Aycock, Aberdeen, who had ruled in favor of plaintiffs. The state appealed through Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, Attorney General Jim Hood.