No. 22-35612.

95 F.4th 1207 (2024)

Doug SMITH; Robert Griffin; Allen Vezey; Albert Haynes; Trevor Shaw; Families of the Last Frontier; Alaska Free Market Coalition, Plaintiffs-Appellants, v. Anne HELZER, in her official capacity as chair of the Alaska Public Offices Commission; Lanette Blodgett; Richard Stillie, Jr.; Suzanne Hancock; Dan Lasota, official capacities as members of the Alaska Public Offices Commissions, Defendants-Appellees, Alaskans for Better Elections, Inc., Intervenor-Defendant-Appellee.

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

Filed March 15, 2024.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Daniel R. Suhr (argued) and Reilly Stephens , Liberty Justice Center, Chicago, Illinois; Craig W. Richards , Law Offices of Craig Richards, Anchorage, Alaska; for Plaintiffs-Appellants.

Scott M. Kendall (argued) and Jahna M. Lindemuth , Cashion Gilmore & Lindemuth, Anchorage, Alaska, for Intervenor-Defendant-Appellee Alaskans for Better Elections, Inc.

Laura Fox (argued), Jessica M. Alloway , and Kimberly D. Rodgers , Assistant Attorneys General, Alaska Office of the Attorney General, Department of Law, Anchorage, Alaska; for Defendants-Appellees.

Partial Concurrence and Partial Dissent by Judge Forrest


"Sunlight," the Supreme Court has recognized, is "the best of disinfectants" in elections. See Buckley v. Valeo, 424 U.S. 1, 67, 96 S.Ct. 612, 46 L.Ed.2d 659 (1976) (per curiam) (quoting Louis D. Brandeis, Other People's Money 62 (1933)). To illuminate...

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