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Elections – Constitutional – U.S. House – Civil Practice – Appeals – Moot (access required)

In re Whittacre Petitioner unsuccessfully protested G.K. Butterfield’s U.S. House candidacy for failure to file the affidavit required to run under a nickname pursuant to G.S. § 163-106(a). Since U.S. Const. art. I, § 5 says, “Each house shall be the judge of the elections, returns and qualifications of its own members …”

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Elections – Fundraising – Corporate Contributions – Donor Recruitment – Reimbursement (access required)

U.S. v. Danielczyk In this prosecution of two corporate executives for an alleged scheme of recruiting donors and reimbursing their contributions to Hillary Clinton’s 2006 and 2008 Senate and Presidential Campaigns, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reverses dismissal of a charge of corporation contributions in violation of 2 U.S.C. § 441b(a).

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Elections – Civil Rights — National Voter Registration Act – Application Disclosure (access required)

Project Vote/Voting for America Inc. v. Long Virginia election officials violated the National Voter Registration Act by refusing to disclose completed voter registration applications with voters’ Social Security numbers redacted; the 4th Circuit affirms a district court decision that Section 8(i)(L) of the NVRA does apply to such applications and defendants violated the NVRA.

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Elections – Advocacy Group – FEC Regulation – Constitutional – Vagueness Challenge — PAC Disclosures – ‘Major Purpose’ Test (access required)

The Real Truth About Abortion Inc. v. FEC Appellant, a Virginia nonprofit group called “The Real Truth About Abortion Inc.,” loses its constitutional challenge to a regulation of the Federal Election Commission that appellant says is unconstitutionally vague with regard to whether “Real Truth” has to make disclosures as a “political action committee.”

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Elections – Judges – Public Finance – Constitutional – First Amendment (access required)

North Carolina Right to Life Political Action Committee v. Leake Defendants have failed to distinguish North Carolina’s matching funds scheme for judicial elections from the scheme which was declared unconstitutional in Arizona Free Enterprise Club’s Freedom Club PAC v. Bennett, 131 S. Ct. 2806 (2011). Other than the state interests rejected in Bennett, defendants have failed to come forward with compelling state interests to justify the scheme.

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Elections – Civil Rights – Independent Candidate — Petition Signatures – Residency Requirement (access required)

Lux v. Judd A former independent candidate for Congress wins remand of his challenge to a Virginia statutory requirement that petition signatures in support of his candidacy be witnessed by a resident of the Congressional district; the 4th Circuit says the limited rationale underlying the case relied on by the lower court has been superseded by later Supreme Court cases.

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