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District Court Strikes Down Campaign Disclosure Rules

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Maryland Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen is looking for ways around a court ruling that struck down his effort challenging campaign disclosure rules. Van Hollen had already won one ruling in a lower court to force the disclosure of secret donors, but a district court struck down his effort this week, which wasn't what he expected.

"We're looking at all our options right now, but it was a blow against greater disclosure and in favor of more secret donors," says Van Hollen.

But he says all hope isn't lost for his cause because the court will be overseeing the Federal Elections Commission.

"There is still an opening here depending on what the Federal Election Commission does and what the district court does," says Van Hollen.

The ruling means tax-exempt groups can continue to hide their donor lists, which advocacy groups say is detrimental to democracy.

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