Legal Briefs

The Buckeye Institute Files Amicus Brief in Support of Property Owners

August 16, 2017

Columbus, OH – Today, The Buckeye Institute filed an amicus brief asking the Supreme Court of the United States to take up the case Wayside Church v. Van Buren County in support of Wayside Church whose private property was taken by the county for pennies on the dollar. With similar laws as Michigan’s, the case also has implications for Ohio property owners.

Buckeye Institute Amicus Brief Argues for Ohio’s Right to Ensure Election Integrity

August 09, 2017

Columbus, OH – The Buckeye Institute filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court of the United States in the case Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute, supporting Ohio’s ability to ensure the integrity of its elections. In the brief, Buckeye argues that, according to Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc., a law that would not allow Ohio to maintain accurate voter registries is unconstitutional.

The Buckeye Institute Files Amicus Brief in Janus v. AFSCME Supporting Free Speech

July 20, 2017

Columbus, OH – The Buckeye Institute filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court of the United States in the case Janus v. AFSCME, supporting Mark Janus and the First Amendment. In the brief, Buckeye shows that unions can survive without compelled contributions and, alternatively, this change will lead unions to better serve their members. 

Buckeye files brief in Supreme Court to keep donors off government lists

by Robert Alt January 10, 2017

The federal government is attempting to compel The Independence Institute in Colorado to produce its donor list. The government claims that because The Independence Institute ran an ad that referenced candidates within 60 days of the election, The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA) requires The Independence Institute to disclose its donors. The ad did not endorse or oppose either candidate.

Buckeye files brief opposing Obama Administration’s attempt to circumvent the Senate

by Robert Alt September 27, 2016

Under the U.S. Constitution, presidential appointments can be confirmed only with the advice and consent of the Senate. Realizing that government does not stop with a vacancy, Congress enacted the Federal Vacancies Reform Act (FVRA), which allows the president, with restrictions, to temporarily fill vacancies.

Buckeye challenges arbitrary rule that keeps pilots from using internet

by Robert Alt July 29, 2016

For years, professional pilots have shared rides with other pilots to offset costs under the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Expense-Sharing Rule. Pilots posted their flight plans on bulletin boards at airports to find those with similar travel plans. To facilitate more expense sharing and to step into the 21st century, a website was established to serve the same function as the bulletin boards.

Buckeye fights for election integrity by opposing challenges to Ohio’s early voting laws

by Robert Alt July 08, 2016

The Ohio legislature passed a law permitting boards of elections to reject provisional and absentee ballots if they are improperly filled out or if the information provided does not match voter registration records. The law was enacted to help ensure integrity in Ohio elections.

Buckeye files brief supporting Ohio’s right to protect its elections and curb voter fraud

by Robert Alt July 01, 2016

In 2014, Ohio passed a law eliminating what has been called “golden week.” Golden week was the time period when voter registration overlapped with early voting; meaning, people could register and vote at the same time. Under the new law, Ohio would have 28 early voting days rather than 35.

Buckeye petitions SCOTUS to support donor privacy and first amendment rights

by Robert Alt May 02, 2016

Delaware passed a law requiring any non-profit organization publishing the name of a candidate to disclose any donation of more than $100 from the past four years. The Internal Revenue Code (IRC) prohibits 501(c)(3) organizations from supporting any candidate or campaigning in any manner.

Buckeye sues EPA for regulations aimed at decimating traditional power sources

by Joe Nichols and Robert Alt February 19, 2016

The Clean Power Plan is the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) unprecedented attempt at regulating carbon emissions and aims to reduce power plant emissions by 32 percent by 2030. Those regulations would shut down hundreds of coal-fired power plants and severely limit the use of other power plants – leaving many states without sufficient power resources.