Group sues Gessler over documentary

KUSA - Political-advocacy group Citizens United is suing Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler over the conservative group's desire to be exempt from state-election finance laws.

Citizens United, the namesake of the 2010 controversial landmark Supreme Court decision that opened the floodgates to unlimited corporate political spending, plans to release an "expose" documentary, "Rocky Mountain Heist," on the influence of political groups in Colorado.

The suit claims the Virginia-based group has a "First Amendment right to engage in political expression and media activities on the same terms as other media entities."

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In June, the Colorado Secretary of State's office ruled that the documentary "is an electioneering communication" and that it does not fall under any of the exemptions to state laws requiring political groups to disclose financial donors when running ads that mention candidates within 60 days of an election.

The group plans to release the film shortly before the upcoming November election, containing images of and messages about Colorado politicians, though it will not expressly advocate a position on political races.

For instance, Citizens United says it wants to be able to show images of Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-Colorado) when it focuses on gun control in the film.

Citizens United also plans to advertise its film in Colorado near election time.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)


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