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.
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