850KOA Radio: Ken Buck Interview
Ken Buck discusses his recent Denver Post Op-Ed about the Citizens United fight versus the Federal Courts in Colorado to release a documentary revealing the corrupt nature of Colorado politics.
Guest: Ken Buck, Weld County DA - "Democrats Chill Free Speech by Halting Film"
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The Denver Post - Ken Buck: Democrats chill free speech by halting Citizens United film
The Colorado Democratic Party has struck another blow against the First Amendment by attempting to silence a documentary film that discusses the current political and policy atmosphere in Colorado.
The film intended to inform Coloradans before the election, and partisan politics prevailed over the public's right to know the truth.
Under current Colorado law, any film that includes footage of candidates running for office has to register with the Secretary of State's office and file burdensome campaign finance reports. The film's producer, Citizens United, filed suit seeking to be treated as any other media entity.
Read more at DenverPost.com here.
The Washington Times: EDITORIAL: The return of Citizens United
The plain language of the First Amendment confuses another federal judge
How did a robust and skeptical state like Colorado, with a century-long history of electing conservatives and Republicans, turn so blue with the 2008 election? That’s the subject of “Rocky Mountain Heist,” a documentary by the advocacy group Citizens United. A blue federal judge on Monday decided that Citizens United is not entitled to tell the story of how wealthy millionaires hijacked the state’s politics.
This sounds familiar to anyone who has been listening. Citizens United was blocked by the blue Federal Election Commission in 2008 from airing a documentary about Hillary Clinton. Two years later, the Supreme Court ruled that the commission violated the group’s First Amendment right to free speech.
Read more at WashingtonTimes.com here.
National Law Journal: Citizens United Vows Appeal After Losing Disclosure-Rules Case
Citizens United, the group that won a landmark 2010 ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court on political speech, has lost its latest challenge of campaign finance laws, this time in Colorado.
A federal judge on Monday rejected Citizens United’s bid to stop the state from enforcing laws requiring the conservative group to reveal donors who contributed to the production of its new film, “Rocky Mountain Heist.” The movie doesn’t endorse candidates, according to court papers, but it does include footage of events in which people advocate for or against candidates running in this year’s Colorado federal and state elections.
Citizens United, represented by Ted Olson of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, argued Colorado’s state constitution violated the First Amendment by mandating disclosures based on the speaker’s identity—requiring Citizens United to disclose contributors but not newspapers or other media outlets. Olson previously argued successfully for the group before the Supreme Court.
Read more at NationalLawJournal.com here.
Twitchy: Federal judge rejects Citizens United effort to air film attacking Democrats
A conservative group hoping to air a documentary critical of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Democrats met a setback in court today.
Citizens United attorney Ted Olson has argued that the nonprofit political organization deserved the same free-speech protections afforded to newspapers and television stations. The Denver Post reported last week:
Citizens United asked the court to void a decision from the Colorado Secretary of State’s office that required the group to disclose its donors and label the film “Rocky Mountain Heist” as an electioneering communication under state law. The group contends it is a legitimate media source.
Read more on Twitchy.com here.
The Colorado Independent - Fed Judge: No press exemption for Citizens United in Colorado
DENVER – Judge Brooke Jackson issued a curt decision today refusing to issue a federal injunction that would have allowed Citizens United to air and advertise a documentary on Colorado politics ahead of the November elections without disclosing funding behind any advertising related to the movie.
Citizens United lawyer Ted Olson argued that Colorado’s disclosure laws unfairly privilege the press by not requiring them to disclose who funds reporting. He said Citizens United should either be given a press exemption as well or that no such exemption should exist.
“I am not convinced,” wrote Jackson, denying the group an election-cycle disclosure exemption while the larger case works its way through the courts.
Read more on ColoradoIndependent.com here.
The Denver Post: Federal judge rejects Citizens United push to avoid disclosure laws
A federal judge on Monday rejected an effort by the conservative group Citizens United to air a documentary critical of Colorado Democrats without disclosing its donors as required by state law.
Citizens United argued it fell under protections for media outlets and its “Rocky Mountain Heist” film did not constitute electioneering communications. The organization, whose landmark case before the U.S. Supreme Court softened contribution limits, sought protection in U.S. District Court in Denver to show the film without conditions after the Secretary of State’s Office said it must disclose the movie’s backers. Attorney Ted Olson, the former U.S. solicitor general, argued the case.
But Judge R. Brooke Jackson didn’t find him persuasive. “The case presented today is rather straightforward,” Jackson wrote in the order. “Citizens United argues that its free speech rights are violated when the law requires it to disclose its donors while effectively exempting traditional print media and broadcasters from the same requirement. It contends that Colorado’s reporting and disclosure exemptions are a form of content- or viewpoint-based discrimination compelling the invalidation of the entire disclosure scheme. I am not convinced and therefore deny plaintiff’s motion for a preliminary injunction.”
Read more on Denverpost.com here.
The Denver Post: Ted Olson argues Citizens United case in Denver court
A conservative group's push to air a documentary aimed at Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Democrats met resistance in federal court Tuesday, as a judge pushed back against Citizens United's effort to avoid campaign disclosure laws.
U.S. District Court Judge R. Brooke Jackson expressed skepticism as he pressed Citizens United attorney Ted Olson, the former U.S. Solicitor General, on his argument that the nonprofit political organization deserved the same free-speech protections afforded to newspapers and television stations.
Citizens United asked the court to void a decision from the Colorado Secretary of State's office that required the group to disclose its donors and label the film "Rocky Mountain Heist" as an electioneering communication under state law. The group contends it is a legitimate media source.
Read more at DenverPost.com here.
Newsmax: Citizens United's Bossie: Alan Simpson 'Has to Get His Facts' Right
Former Sen. Alan Simpson's swipe at Sen. Ted Cruz about Cruz's comment that political satire on shows like "Saturday Night Live" may become illegal if a campaign finance amendment is passed, shows that Simpson is detached from reality, says David Bossie, president of Citizens United.
"It just goes to show you that Alan Simpson's completely out to lunch," Bossie said Friday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"Alan has been out of the Senate a long time and he really, I don't think, is following at all what's going on in reality."
Read more at Newsmax.com here.
Fox News: FEC moves to strip ‘unconstitutional’ election spending rules after 4-year delay
After dragging its feet for four years, the federal agency that regulates campaign spending is finally moving to conform with a landmark Supreme Court decision that dramatically loosened election spending rules.
The leaders of the Federal Election Commission announced the agreement on Thursday. It marks the apparent end of a protracted deadlock on the panel over how to comply with the controversial 2010 Citizens United ruling, which lifted restrictions on corporate and union spending in elections.
The agreement also gets the FEC on the same page with the more recent McCutcheon decision, which overturned aggregate contribution limits for donors.
Read more on FoxNews.com here.