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.