Stephen Klein writes for Pillar of Law:
On January 21 a three-judge panel on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a unanimous opinion upholding a Federal Election Commission (FEC) rulemaking from 2007 and reversing a district court ruling that held the rulemaking violated administrative law. The Van Hollen v. FEC case is not necessarily over, but the strong opinion from Judges Brown, Sentelle and Randolph shows, refreshingly, that the broader case of campaign finance disclosure is certainly not over. To some, privacy and the difficulties of compliance with all-encompassing disclosure are still important constitutional limits to campaign finance regulation, a tension that the United States Supreme Court must inevitably address.
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