August 28th, 2010

James Bopp, Jr., the Terre Haute, Ind., attorney who brought the federal lawsuit against Hawaii’s campaign-finance law, is general counsel for the James Madison Center for Free Speech. He has been involved in many of the most significant legal challenges to federal and state campaign-finance laws.

Bopp was among the attorneys behind the case that led to Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the landmark 5-4 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in January which lifted the federal ban on political spending by corporations before elections. The court found that corporations, like individuals, have a constitutional right to engage in political speech.

One curiosity about the Hawaii lawsuit, as a reader points out: A-1 A-lectrician Inc., the company that says it is unable to donate to candidates because of the state’s ban on contributions from government contractors, apparently has donated the maximum $6,000 to former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann’s campaign for governor.

5 Responses to “Bopped”

  1. OldDiver:

    The Republican Supreme court has not only granted corporations the same rights as people but in some cases they have more rights than us. Corporation have been granted limited liability which means they can murder people with un-safe drugs, kill people through negligence (The BP disaster in the Gulf and Texas) etc. with being subject to the death penalty. With the Citizens United case the Republican Supreme Court has given transnational corporations the OK to corrupt government by bribing our congress by way of campaign contributions. Not only that foreign governments are able to give money to domestic corporations which in turn can be used to further bribe our congress. A bill to stop foreign interference of our elections was defeated a couple months ago by Republicans in the Senate. Charles Djou siding with the Republicans in the House voted to defeat the bill. This is unpatriotic and again another example of Republicans putting money before “Country”. Djou justified his vote by claiming stopping foreign government from interfering with our elections will put a hardship on foreign companies and is anti-business. P.S. He said this with a straight face.

  2. Arvid Tadao Youngquist:

    Hawaii needs all the relief it can receive for the General Election 2010, and for 2012. With so many precinct voting locations closed down, this has become very critical to capitalize on the almost 700,000 registered voters getting their votes counted on a timely manner.

    With a Hawaii born President and a Hawaii Senator now serviing as the the President Pro Temporare of the U.S. Senate, Hawaii being that it is so far removed and in the middle of the Pacific Ocean should be given due consideration together with Samoa, Guam, Saipan, and the Marshall Islands.

    Arvid Youngquist
    Founder, I Love Kalihi Valley (ca. 2009)

  3. jaded:

    From the article:
    “The lawsuit challenges the reporting requirements on political advertising as a burden that will sap A-1′s limited resources.”

    From Ian Lind’s blog:
    Top Contributors to Mufi Hannemann Campaign–January-June, 2010
    A-1 A-lectrician, Inc. Honolulu HI 96819 $6,000.00

    I guess we now know where A-1 A-lectrician’s resources are going …

  4. myviewtoo:

    Maybe there should be a change in the state or federal laws regarding incorporated business, that if the corporation is found negligent or responsible for someone’s death then possibly the officers of the corporation who might be primarily responsible for the negligent act should be held directly responsible with penalties and punishment assessed to that individual. This way, the corporation via its officers will be more careful in the conduct of its business.

  5. ohiaforest3400:

    As usual, Arvid’s post — like his self-important but irrelevant legislative testimony — has nothing to do with the subject of the blog entry. I guess I should treat him the way he is treated by legislators — and the way most treat Eric Ryan so as not to encourage him — ignore him and try to tolerate him.

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