In a blatant misuse of political power, the Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE), which is tasked with regulating lobbying in New York, came after Kat Sullivan—a rape survivor who was pushing for the passage of the Child Victims Act. Inexplicably, JCOPE began investigating Sullivan for what they deemed “unregistered lobbying” in support of the act. Given this clear attempt to chill Sullivan’s right to free speech, GJC stepped in and filed a case on her behalf. JCOPE eventually dropped its investigation into Sullivan thanks to GJC’s backing. Sullivan’s First Amendment challenge to New York’s Lobbying Law is on appeal.
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