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Firm Wins Key Reversal for Local Chambers of Commerce
We represent three local chambers of commerce whose case had been dismissed by the district court on standing and ripeness grounds. After securing a reversal from the Eighth Circuit in St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce v. Gaertner, 439 F.3d 481 (8th Cir. 2006), which allowed our clients to move forward with their challenge to a Minnesota law that prohibited them from supporting candidates for federal elective office, our clients moved for summary judgment. On July 28, 2006, The Honorable Michael Davis granted our client's motion, declaring that Federal Election Campaign Act and its companion regulations preempted Minnesota's statute on indirect corporate political contributions as it relates to federal election activities, and enjoined the Defendant County Attorneys from enforcing these preempted provisions of Minnesota law. This ruling will enable our clients to participate in the 2006 elections as contemplated by federal campaign laws. John Knapp, Tom Boyd, and David Aafedt worked on the case.
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