William J. McGinley, of counsel in the firm’s Washington office, was featured in Politics Magazine and the Tribune News Service on April 29-30, 2010, in stories about new legislation filed in response to a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing unlimited corporate and interest group spending on advertising.
The bill, filed in response to the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission case, would impose extensive disclosure requirements in an effort to shine a light on any role that corporations, trade unions or special interest associations could play in financing elections following the high court’s, according to the Tribune.
Mr. McGinley, a Republican campaign finance attorney, told Politics Magazine that if the disclosure provisions prove to be so excessive that they discourage political speech, they could also be challenged.
“Disclosure,” he told the magazine, “can be used to chill political speech.”
Mr. McGinley told the Tribune that the bill was “carefully tailored to protect the Democratic majority in Congress and their soft money allies, the unions.”