Group Asks Judge to Toss Campaign Finance Ruling

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Email HELENA – The attorney for a group seeking a complete overhaul of Montana’s campaign finance laws asked a judge Wednesday to rule that it is unconstitutional for the state to penalize it for not reporting its expenditures.The hearing in Helena district court was part of an ongoing legal battle taking place in both the state and federal court systems between Montana officials and Virginia-based American Tradition Partnership. At least three separate court cases are involved, all of which could have a profound effect on the state’s campaign finance law, and in this particular case, whether certain third parties pouring money into elections need to file disclosure statements.Montana’s commissioner of political practices, who oversees campaign finance laws, ruled last year that the group, then called Western Tradition Partnership, was required to report its expenditures because of the money it spent on flyers attacking political candidates.Former Commissioner Dennis Unsworth found that third-party groups need to disclose money spent advocating for the election or defeat of candidates because when they do so, they are acting like political committees subject to regulation.The group filed a lawsuit challenging the ruling, saying it should not be considered a political committee. James Brown, an attorney for the group, told District Judge Jeffrey Sherlock that it was engaging in free speech protected by the First Amendment and that the Montana laws governing campaign expenditures unconstitutionally restricts that speech.“My clients didn’t ask for this. Basically, they were hauled before a political body for engaging in speech and political association,” Brown said.Montana Department of Justice attorney Andrew Huff said the commissioner of political practice’s investigation into Western Tradition Partnership’s involvement in the 2008 general election showed the group spent $200,000 and sent tens of thousands of glossy mailers and flyers to voters.Those flyers showed the group is not an educational organization, as they assert, but an advocacy group trying to persuade people to vote for or against certain candidates without having to disclose where its money comes from or how it’s spending it.“These mailers were not educational. They were for the express purpose of telling voters how to vote,” Huff said.Montana’s campaign finance laws are sound, even in the wake of last year’s Citizen United decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on corporate spending, Huff said.Brown asked Sherlock to rule on the constitutionality of the campaign finance law without going to trial. Sherlock did not make an immediate ruling.Besides its challenge of the commissioner’s ruling, Western Tradition Partnership also was the plaintiff in a lawsuit last year decided by Sherlock that tossed out the state’s restriction on corporate political spending. The state attorney general’s office has appealed that case to the state Supreme Court.The group also filed a separate lawsuit in U.S. District Court that seeks to throw out Montana’s limits on the amount that individuals, political action committees, political parties and others can contribute in elections, saying the limits restrict free speech.last_img read more

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Nat’l champs Banatao, Abad reign in ‘Race for Iloilo River’

first_imgThe Baguio City-native Banatao ruled the men’s side after scoring a huge upset over early favorite Emmanuel Comendador of Bohol with his superb bike performance to leave his pursuers going into Transition 2 with a 4-minute gap.Banatao was in a tight spot with Comendador and RequiTrupa in the first 8.5 km run leg but managed to pull away from his competitors in the 40 km bike segment and finished the final 6.5 km run leg in 2 hours, 17 seconds.Comendador, who suffered from stomach cramps while trying to reach Banatao in the bike leg, was at distant second with 2:04:28, while JolanOlmilla of Cebu ranked third at 2:04:59.Abad, meanwhile, survived a huge challenge from MiscelleGilbuena to retain the women’s crown with a winning time of2:22:47. Gilbuena was at second with 2:23:36 while Iloilo’s Alexandra Dumaran finished third at 2:30:13.National aquathlon champion Andrew Kim Remolino ruled the sprint distance Junior Elite race (19-under) when he scored a photo finish win over John Caleb Barlin while Karen Andrea Manayon scored an easy win on the girls’ side.In the sprint 20-over race, JelsieSabado edged youth standout Vicky Deldio while JeroJaro Matthew had an easy victory over Ronald Egaran in the race organized for the redevelopment of the Iloilo river.“We wanted to highlight the Iloilo river as part of our advocacy to a clean environment. The hosting of the said event is part of the sports tourism campaign of Iloilo City,” explains city sports coordinator Romel “Jojo” Castro. “The Iloilo riverwas highlighted in the event, with Esplanade 1 and 2 forming part of the race course”The event was made possible through the partnership of the Triathlon Association of the Philippines with the Iloilo City government.This marks the second consecutive year that Iloilo hosted the national duathlon event. Last year, John Chicano trumped reigning Southeast Asian Games triathlon king Nikko Huelgas, emerging victorious in the 2015 Philippine Duathlon Championships held in the city./PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full] [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Nat’l champs Banatao, Abad reign in ‘Race for Iloilo River’ ‘ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]By ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]ILOILO CITY – The city’s Iloilo River Esplanade was invaded by primed athletes from all over the country on Sunday for the 2016 National Duathlon Championships: “Race for Iloilo River” with JarwynBanatao and national team member Mirasol Abad emerging victorious in the men’s and women’s division, respectively,of the prestigious event.last_img read more

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Ilonggo joins Jr. NBA All-Star PH squad

first_imgMANILA – An Ilonggo was named part of the Jr. NBA All-Stars team at the close of the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Philippines 2017 in Pasay City.Ian Dominic Espinosa of the Ateneo De Iloilo was representing Visayas along with Reinhard Jumanoy of the University of San Carlos – North Campus in the eight-man Jr. NBA All-Stars team.Others chosen in the squad were Kenji Trey Duremdes, Jan Clement Macalalag and Victorino Torres of La Salle Greenhills, Joachim Eddie Laure of National University Bullpups, Johndel Austria of Escuela de Sophia-Caloocan, and 14-year-old Jeryk Dwight Bait of St. Francis National High School.Meanwhile girls selected as Jr. NBA All-Stars are Boni Marylene Solis, Jane Araza and Jeehan Nikaela Ahmed of Chiang Kai Shek College, Jazmine Ann Maniquis of St. Paul Pasig, Lindsey Nacional of La Salle College Antipolo, Camille Nolasco of Miriam College, and Chinnsai Demana of University of the Visayas in Cebu.The 2017 Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Philippines All-Stars were picked from a group of 72 boys and girls ages 10 to 14 years old from regional selection camps in Baguio, Cebu, Davao, and Manila and the Alaska Power Camp earlier this year.The Jr. NBA is the league’s global youth basketball participation program for boys and girls.After three days of experiencing world-class basketball instruction, the eight Jr. NBA and eight Jr. WNBA All-Stars will be rewarded with an overseas NBA experience together with fellow Jr. NBA All-Stars from Southeast Asia this year./PN [/av_textblock][/av_one_full] [av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]center_img [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading tag=’h3′ padding=’10’ heading=’Ilonggo joins Jr. NBA All-Star PH squad’ color=” style=’blockquote modern-quote’ custom_font=” size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ custom_class=”]BY ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]Monday, June 5, 2017[/av_textblock][av_image src=’http://www.panaynews.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/sports-espinosa-1.jpg’ attachment=’108029′ attachment_size=’full’ align=’center’ styling=” hover=” link=” target=” caption=” font_size=” appearance=” overlay_opacity=’0.4′ overlay_color=’#000000′ overlay_text_color=’#ffffff’ animation=’no-animation’][/av_image]last_img read more

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