By Kevin Bogardus - 05/15/12 04:21 PM EDT
On Monday, a three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit denied a motion for a stay against the March 30 ruling by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson that said the Federal Election Commission narrowed disclosure requirements for “electioneering communications” without Congress granting it authority to do so.
The appeals court also cited the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, which said disclosure of contributors would help voters make “informed choices” in political campaigns. That decision also allowed corporations and unions to contribute unlimited funds for their own political activities and is credited by watchdog groups for the rise of super-PACs this election year.
Campaign finance reform advocates cheered the appeals court’s order.
“This is a very important victory in the battle to end secret contributions being funneled into federal elections,” said Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer in a statement. “This case represents the first major breakthrough in the effort to restore for the public the disclosure of contributors who are secretly providing massive amounts to influence federal elections.”