Wednesday, January 16, 2008

501(c)(4) Organization Loses Round One in Fight to Air "Hillary: The Movie"

Yesterday, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia rejected Citizens United's request for a preliminary injunction against enforcement of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002.  The conservative 501(c)(4) organization has produced a movie entitled "Hillary:  The Movie" (trailers, ads, and how to order the movie) and seeks to advertise and distribute the movie around the date of "super Tuesday," then again within 30 days of the Democratic National Convention, and finally within 60 days of the November general election (assuming Senator Clinton is the democratic candidate).  The movie is obviously a negative, politically inspired portrayal of Senator Clinton, complete with JAWS-like foreboding music.  It promises to be a real thriller!  Anyway, Citizens United claims that it has decided not to advertise and distribute the movie as described above for fear of violating BCRA's provisions.  Citizens United claims that the ban on corporate disbursements of electioneering communication violates the First Amendment to U.S. Constitution.  For the full text of the opinion denying preliminary relief, see here. 


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