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Statement of Citizens United President David N. Bossie on SCOTUS ruling on President Trump’s immigration EO:

"We are pleased the Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that President Trump's immigration executive order can take effect with limited exceptions. From the beginning, we have said that the executive order is constitutional because it was issued as a national security precaution. The President of the United States must be able to secure the homeland from foreign threats. Citizens United will continue to back this EO as it proceeds at the Supreme Court."

Citizens United and Citizens United Foundation file amicus brief at Supreme Court backing President Trump and his revised immigration Executive Order

Citizens United and Citizens United Foundation file amicus brief at Supreme Court backing President Trump and his revised immigration Executive Order. 

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Citizens United and Citizens United Foundation File Reply Brief In Their 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Case

In their 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Reply Brief, Citizens United and Citizens United Foundation rebuff each of the New York Attorney General's arguments in support of the district court's order dismissing the groups' challenge to New York's donor disclosure requirements for charities.  The brief reminds the court that the case in on appeal from a motion to dismiss, not a summary judgment ruling, as the Attorney General's brief seems to imply.  CU and CUF also refute each of the Attorney General's arguments that seek to water down the First Amendment protections applicable to non-profit community, including their members and supporters.  The Reply brief completes briefing in the case.  The 2nd Circuit is expected to hear oral argument in the matter during the summer or perhaps fall, with a decision to follow thereafter.

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Citizens United and Citizens United Foundation join amicus brief in support of President Trump's 2nd immigration order (IRAP v. Trump, 4th Circuit)

Citizens United and Citizens United Foundation join amicus brief in support of President Trump's 2nd immigration order (IRAP v. Trump, 4th Circuit)

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Citizens United and Citizens United Foundation filed an Amicus Brief to reinstate President Trump's Immigration Order

Citizens United and Citizens United Foundation joined with several other conservative organizations in filing an amicus brief with the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals asking the court to empanel an 11 judge en banc panel to rehear arguments on reinstating President Trump’s immigration order.

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Citizens United and Citizens United Foundation join amicus brief in support of President Trump’s immigration order

Citizens United and Citizens United Foundation join amicus brief in support of President Trump’s immigration order

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Citizens United and Citizens United Foundation join amicus brief in Americans For Prosperity Foundation v. Xavier Becerra.

Similar to the New York Attorney General, the California Attorney General is demanding that non-profit organization operating in California disclosure the names, addresses and contribution amounts of their most valuable donors to his office.  The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California recently enjoined the California Attorney General from imposing the disclosure obligation on Americans for Prosperity Foundation as a violation of the group’s free speech and associational rights.  The Attorney General has appealed that decision to the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.  Citizens United and Citizens United Foundation have joined forces with the Free Speech Defense & Education Fund and numerous other entities in filing an amicus curiae brief supporting Americans for Prosperity Foundation before the 9th Circuit.

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Citizens United and Citizens United Foundation filed their opening brief with the 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals

Summary Description: Citizens United v. Schneiderman

2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeal Opening Brief

On Friday, January 6, 2017, Citizens United and Citizens United Foundation filed their opening brief with the 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in New York in Citizens United v. Schneiderman. The case involves a constitutional challenge to the New York Attorney General’s recently decreed policy requiring non-profit organizations soliciting contributions in New York to provide his Charity’s Bureau with a list of their top donors on an annual basis.

In their Brief, Citizens United and Citizens United Foundation challenge the dismissal of their case by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York under Rule 12(b)(6) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure for failure to state a claim for which relief can be granted. The brief contends the District Court committed multiple errors in dismissing the case, including:

  • Imposing a heighten pleading standard in contravention of Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and binding Supreme Court precedent for litigation challenging unconstitutional governmental action;
  • Shifting the burden of proving the disclosure policy unconstitutional to the challengers of the policy despite decades of Supreme Court precedent emphasizing that the government bears the burden of proof in First Amendment cases involving prior restraints on freedom of speech;
  • Ruling sua sponte (i.e. out of the blue with no briefing or argument on the issue) that the organizations’ due process claims are not ripe for adjudication despite the Attorney General’s written threat to fine the organizations’ if they do not comply with the donor disclosure policy;
  • Refusing to recognize that New York’s donor disclosure policy is preempted by federal law protecting the names and addresses of donors from public disclosure; and
  • Failing to strike down New York’s charitable solicitation licensing scheme as it relates to Citizens United despite the fact that New York law narrowly defines a charitable organization in a way that excludes advocacy organizations such as Citizens United.

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Politico: Citizens United To Sue Over Donor Info

The conservative group Citizens United says it is suing New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman over his interpretation of how much information the organization is legally obliged to disclose about its donors.

Citizens United President David Bossie said the legal challenge would be filed Wednesday in Manhattan federal court and would be on behalf of the group and an affiliate, the Citizens United Foundation.

Citizens United was the plaintiff in the landmark 2010 Supreme Court case that permitted unlimited independent corporate and union spending on elections.

Read more at Politico here.


Citizens United Files Suit Against New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

Washington, DC -- Citizens United President David N. Bossie released the following statement in regards to a lawsuit filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. You can read a summary of the case here.

“New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s constitutional overreach needs to be addressed in a court of law,” said David N. Bossie, President of Citizens United. “The First Amendment is under attack by the New York Attorney General and, as we did with the Federal Election Commission, Citizens United will fight for our rights set forth by the U.S. Constitution. With Don McGahn, who was the former FEC Chairman, as our lead attorney – I have full faith that we will prevail and right this injustice foisted upon Americans by the New York Attorney General.”

The lawsuit challenges Schneiderman’s demand that Citizens United and Citizens United Foundation file unredacted copies of their confidential lists of donors with the New York State Charities Bureau, as requirement for lawful solicitation of contributions for charitable purposes in New York. More specifically, the suit challenges Schneiderman’s interpretation of a state regulation, which he contends requires non-profit organizations soliciting contributions in New York to file a complete copy of their IRS Form 990 Schedule B, which lists the names, addresses and contribution amounts of top donors.


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