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The clock is ticking for the National Association of Manufacturers. A district court judge rejected the group’s request for a stay of her decision last week, making it increasingly likely the group will be forced to disclose its membership list on April 21, the day new lobbying disclosure laws take hold. The trade group has just one avenue left: NAM’s attorneys, Jan Baran and Thomas Kirby of Wiley Rein, filed an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit last week, asking for an injunction that would give them time to litigate the appeal. The court would have to act before the end of April 21 to grant it, or any appeal would likely be moot. NAM has never disclosed its membership list. In its suit over the new rules, NAM argues that member companies could face retribution if their support of NAM’s lobbying was publicly known. But the defendants — the House, Senate, and D.C.’s U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Taylor — say NAM hasn’t proven members would suffer any harm. Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of D.C.’s federal district court dismissed NAM’s suit in a 57-page opinion on April 11, saying the government was within its rights to require the disclosure. In her ruling, Kollar-Kotelly said the government’s interest lies in knowing who is paying for a lobbying effort.
Carrie Levine can be contacted at [email protected].

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