“Pillar of Law Institute Files Brief in Washington Free Speech Case”

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The Pillar of Law Institute filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the United States Supreme Court today in the case Utter v. Building Industry Association of Washington(BIAW), urging the Court to hear the case and reinforce free speech protections against burdensome campaign finance laws. The brief argues that organizations such as BIAW should not be subject to comprehensive campaign finance disclosure laws since they do not have the major purpose of engaging in elections.

“A group should not become a political committee, or PAC simply by engaging in some election-related speech,” said Benjamin Barr, lead attorney for Pillar of Law. “But in Washington State, election-related speech is burdened to the point of silence and it will stay that way unless the Supreme Court hears this case.”

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