POLITICS (National): Campaign funding, disclosure of sources, U.S. District Court ruling: "Judge to elections officials: Reveal sources of campaign funding" ....
* Los Angeles Times: "Judge to elections officials: Reveal sources of campaign funding" - From the LAT:
In a decision that could force disclosure of some of the secret money flooding into elections, a federal judge ruled Tuesday that groups that run election-related ads must reveal their donors.
The Federal Election Commission overstepped when it wrote a 2007 rule that said such groups didn’t have to report the source of the money for certain types of political ads that mentioned the name of federal candidates, the decision by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington said. That rule, combined with later court decisions such as the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Citizens United case in 2010, helped open the gates to a flood of so-called dark money spending by nonprofit organizations that don’t reveal the source of their funds. There was more than $140 million in such spending in the 2014 election.
Campaign reform groups welcomed Jackson’s decision, even as they said they expect an appeal. “We are seeing a full-throated endorsement of disclosure by the lower courts,” said Tara Malloy, senior counsel for the Campaign Legal Center, one of the pro-transparency groups that intervened in the case. “We are enjoying the victory, though I am sure the fight will continue.”
The decision concerns a type of issue ads that became ubiquitous in recent elections. . . . . . . . .
Because of the tangled state of federal campaign finance regulation, the practical effect of the ruling might be limited................................