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Van Hollen Disclosure Ruling Bites the Dust?

An appeals court today overturned a lower court's ruling that would have forced nonprofit groups to disclose donors funneling large amounts of cash into issue ads.

D.C.'s U.S. Court of Appeals overturned a district court's ruling in Van Hollen vs. FEC, which spurred the FEC to release new disclosure rules over the summer. According to those rules, nonprofit advocacy groups would have to disclose the names and addresses of each donor who gives more than $1,000 to run issue ads close to an election.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., called today's ruling "a blow against transparency."

"Hopefully, either the FEC will issue a new disclosure regulation that actually requires disclosure or the District Court will strike down the existing regulation as arbitrary and capricious," Van Hollen said in a statement. "We will continue to examine all of our options as we move forward."

The decision is being lauded by groups such as American Crossroads, a major conservative independent advocacy group backed by Karl Rove that has an associated super PAC, Crossroads GPS.

"This is the right decision based on the facts of the case, and it is a strong rebuke of the gross overreach by both Rep. Van Hollen and the District Court," reads a Crossroads statement. "We are still evaluating how the decision might impact Crossroads."

The Center for Individual Freedom and the Hispanic Leadership Fund led the appeal, not the FEC.

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