Vermont Right to Life Committee, Inc. v. Sorrell

Petition for certiorari denied on January 12, 2015
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
14-380 2d Cir. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2014

Issue: (1) Whether Vermont laws requiring a non-profit issue-advocacy and lobby group that is not under the control of a candidate, and whose major purpose is not the election or nomination of candidates to be a political committee if it receives $1000 in contributions or makes $1000 in expenditures “in any two-year election cycle for the purpose of supporting or opposing one or more candidates [or] influencing an election” are unconstitutional under the First and Fourteenth Amendments; (2) whether Vermont’s electioneering-communication and mass-media-activities laws are unconstitutional under the First and Fourteenth Amendments; (3) whether Vermont law setting a $100 threshold for political committees for reporting contributions is unconstitutional under the First and Fourteenth Amendments; and (4) whether Vermont’s political committee contribution limit as applied to political committees that make only independent expenditures and do not make contributions to candidates is unconstitutional as applied to independent-expenditure-only groups under the First and Fourteenth Amendments.

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DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Sep 29 2014Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due November 3, 2014)
Oct 15 2014Order extending time to file response to petition to and including December 3, 2014.
Nov 3 2014Brief amici curiae of United States Constitutional Rights Legal Defense Fund, et al. filed.
Nov 3 2014Brief amici curiae of Center for Competitive Politics, and Cato Institute filed.
Dec 3 2014Brief of respondents William H. Sorrell, Attorney General of Vermont, et al. in opposition filed.
Dec 16 2014Reply of petitioner Vermont Right to Life Committee, Inc., et al. filed. (Distributed).
Dec 17 2014DISTRIBUTED for Conference of January 9, 2015.
Jan 12 2015Petition DENIED.
 
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