Court upholds Maine PAC reporting requirement

Posted Aug. 11, 2011, at 6:59 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A federal appeals court is upholding a Maine campaign reporting law that became an issue following the 2009 same-sex marriage campaign.

The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston rejected the National Organization for Marriage’s challenge to Maine’s political action committee laws. Also Thursday, the court also upheld Maine’s law requiring disclosure of independent expenditures in candidate elections.

The court said Maine’s law meets constitutional muster, rejecting NOM’s claim that it’s too broad.

NOM was the primary donor in 2009 to Stand for Marriage Maine, a political action committee that helped repeal Maine’s same-sex marriage law. The PAC issue came up during last year legislative election campaigns.

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Other legal issues between NOM and the state of Maine, including one dealing with disclosure of donors, remain unsettled.

 

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