Nat'l Org. For Marriage, Inc. v. McKee, No. 11-1196 (1st Cir. 2012)Annotate this Case
The First Circuit previously rejected claims that Maine's laws regulating political action committees were unconstitutionally vague and overbroad. Plaintiffs then challenged the law applicable to ballot question committees (BQCs), Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 21-A, 1056-B, imposing registration and disclosure requirements on entities that finance election-related advocacy. The district court upheld the law on summary judgment. The First Circuit affirmed, upholding the law's definition of "contribution." Plaintiffs demonstrated no circumstances in which the statute fails to provide them fair warning of its reach. The $100 reporting threshold is narrowly tailored to meet Maine's compelling interest in an informed electorate.
This opinion or order relates to an opinion or order originally issued on August 11, 2011.