High Court Won’t Intervene in Campaign Finance Case

Nonprofit political groups engaged in electioneering activities must disclose their top political donors beginning this week after the Supreme Court on Sept. 18 declined to intervene in a controversial campaign finance case. The court’s decision could affect political ad spending by 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) groups from now until the November midterm elections. “This is a… Read more »

MSAE Weighs In on Association Standing Case

The Michigan Society of Association Executives (MSAE) is planning to submit an amicus brief in a case with potential ramifications for associations pending before the Michigan Supreme Court. The case involves the Michigan Association of Home Builders, which filed suit against the city of Troy over building department fees. But one of the questions on… Read more »

Judge Invalidates FEC Anonymous Donor Rule

A U.S. District Court judge on Aug. 3 issued a ruling that invalidates a Federal Election Commission (FEC) regulation that allows donors to anonymously contribute to nonprofit groups that seek to influence elections. U.S. District Court Judge Beryl Howell ruled that the FEC’s treatment of such groups, including 501(c)(4) political groups, “fails to uphold the… Read more »

Supreme Court Upholds Travel Ban

The Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision June 26 that President Trump has not exceeded his authority in banning travelers from certain countries in the name of national security. Lower courts had struck down each of three iterations of the president’s travel ban, the first of which was announced in January 2017 at the… Read more »

Supreme Court Punts on Gerrymandering Cases

The Supreme Court on Monday allowed electoral maps in Wisconsin and Maryland to remain in place for now, side-stepping the question of whether extreme partisan gerrymandering is unconstitutional. The Supreme Court has never struck down a voting district as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander and such a ruling would likely change future political elections across the… Read more »