Brown v. Socialist Workers '74 Campaign Committee
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|Brown v. Socialist Workers '74 Campaign Committee|
|Argued October 4, 1982|
Decided December 8, 1982
|Full case name||Brown, et al. v. Socialist Workers '74 Campaign Committee (Ohio), et al.|
|Citations||459 U.S. 87 (more)|
|Opinion announcement||Opinion announcement|
|Prior||Appeal from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio|
|States cannot require a minor political party to disclose its membership or associates, when doing so would jeopardize the safety of those persons.|
|Majority||Marshall, joined by Burger, Brennan, White, Blackmun (parts I, III, IV), Powell|
|Concur/dissent||O'Connor, joined by Rehnquist, Stevens|
|U.S. Const. amend. I|
Brown v. Socialist Workers '74 Campaign Committee, 459 U.S. 87 (1982), was a United States Supreme Court case that dealt with political speech, and whether a state could require a minor political party to disclosure its membership, expenditures, and contributors.
At the time, most states required political parties to disclose their contributions and expenditures; in 1982, the Court ruled that the Socialist Workers Party, a minor party in Ohio, was not required to disclose its contributors or recipients, on the basis of retributive animus and harassment if party functionaries did so.
- Greenhouse, Linda (December 9, 1982). "JUSTICES BACK MINOR POLITICAL PARTIES ON DISCLOSURE". The New York Times. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
- Text of Brown v. Socialist Workers '74 Campaign Committee, 459 U.S. 87 (1982) is available from: CourtListener Findlaw Justia Library of Congress Oyez (oral argument audio)
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