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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.

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