The Seventh Circuit tells us that about 75% of the GAB staff is a waste of money and oxygen.
...The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday struck down several GAB
rules meant to regulate so-called issue ads run around an election. Many
of those rules weren't enforced after the agency was sued in a separate
Still, the court also threw out GAB reporting requirements that those
who spend as little as $300 on express advocacy must formally organize,
register and report like a PAC....
...The court also ruled bans on corporate speech and limits on corporate
PAC spending were unconstitutional based on the U.S. Supreme Court's
ruling in Citizens United.
In addition, the court said
the definitions of "political purposes" and "political committee" were
overbroad and vague and should be narrowed to align with court precedent
in defining express advocacy. The court took issue that the definitions
seems to include nearly every political speaker who exercised that
right close to an election, when it should only include groups
advocating the support or defeat of a candidate.
The court said the state also unconstitutionally treated issue advocacy
groups with "PAC" status if it mentioned a candidate within certain
windows of an election. Instead, the court ruled that those standards
should only apply to groups who engage mostly in express advocacy.
Just dump the whole damn thing into Lake Mendota.
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