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WRTL v. Brennan Chronology


Nov. 5, 2009: Wisconsin legislature passes the Impartial Justice Act, establishing public financing of state high court elections.

Dec. 1, 2009: Wisconsin governor Jim Doyle signs bill into law.
See Gavel Grab.

Dec.18, 2009
: Wisconsin Right to Life, an anti-abortion group, files suit in federal court against three main provisions of  the law. These include campaign reporting requirements, limits on campaign contributions to candidates, and a provision that grants additional funds to publicly funded candidates if an opposing candidate or group exceeds certain spending limits. 
See Gavel Grab.

Dec. 1, 2010: Impartial Justice Act goes into effect.

March 31, 2011: U.S. District Judge William M. Conley rejects WRTL’s First Amendment claims, and also  refuses to place a temporary restraining order on the Impartial Justice Act.
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March 31, 2011: WRTL immediately files an emergency appeal with the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. The motion for an immediate, preliminary hold was denied the same day.

June 2011: Briefs filed with Seven Circuit Court of Appeals, as WRTL continues its effort to overturn Wisconsin’s public financing law...
See Justice at Stake's brief

June 2011: The newly signed Wisconsin two-year budget cuts all funding for public financing of campaigns. Both parties in the case called for dismissal of the case since there was no longer an active law for the court to review. See Gavel Grab

 
 
 
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