Documents

Litigation Backgrounder

Download PDF

Download

Case Attorneys

Ethan W. Blevins

Attorney

Ethan Blevins joined PLF’s Pacific Northwest office in August 2014. He litigates cases involving the First Amendment, property rights, school choice, and the separation of powers. Ethan began his trek … ›

View profile

Wen Fa

Attorney

Wen Fa is an attorney at PLF’s national headquarters. He has litigated numerous direct-rep cases dealing with private property, equality under the law, school choice, economic liberty, and the First … ›

View profile

Case Commentary

See all posts
Post

By Ethan W. Blevins

Seattle clashes with the First Amendment

Today, we filed the opening brief on appeal in Elster v City of Seattle, our legal challenge to Seattle’s program that forces taxpayers to pay for private individuals’ campaign contributions Seattle calls this a “democracy voucher” program

Here’s how it works: the city hands out four $25 vouchers to each Seattle resident at the beginning of an election year The voucher holder then decides which electoral candidates to donate that money to The voucher funds in turn come from a special levy imposed on property owners for that sole purpose In other words, the program forces property owners to underwrite other

Read more
Post

By Ethan W. Blevins

PLF appeals in speech case against Seattle

First, has anyone run for office recently that you detest? Second, how would you feel if your government forced you to donate $100 to that candidate’s campaign? Now you know how our clients feel about democracy vouchers.

Read more
Podcast

Seattle decides to continue to violate the First Amendment

In this week’s episode of PLF’s Courting Liberty podcast, hear from case attorney Ethan Blevins about this decision and how First Amendment rights include both the right to speak and the right not to speak.

Read more