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“The patchwork of limits on political speech undermines the First Amendment and puts high transparency, full-disclosure groups like the R.N.C. on an unequal footing with other political entities,” said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus. “We are asking that political parties be treated equally under the law.”

“I believe it is my job as the leader of the Republican Party to do everything in my power to help our candidates and get out our message of economic growth and opportunity,” Priebus added.

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James Bopp, Jr., lead attorney for Plaintiffs comments: “After Citizens United, there is no justification for restricting funds that political parties receive for independent campaign activity. In an era when independent-expenditure accounts can solicit unlimited contributions and spend enormous amounts to influence political races, political parties are constitutionally entitled to compete equally with them with their own independent campaign activity. Political parties are an important part of our political system and success in this case will help empower them again.”

The complaint is available here.

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