“It has no merit,” said James Bopp Jr., who has won several major cases involving electioneering communications. “The Federal Election Campaign Act is limited to only regulating matters that relate to elections or for the purpose of influencing elections. And they want the disclosure of donors who have utterly nothing to do with elections.”
Bopp said he will consider submitting an amicus brief as the case progresses, but that the lawsuit is currently just a partisan ploy.
“I always assume when incumbent politicians try to use campaign finance laws, that they are seeking to do it for their benefit,” he said, bringing up the fact that Van Hollen is a two-term former Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.