Attorneys representing a Missouri political activist say they expect to appeal a federal court ruling that requires him to register as a lobbyist. A three-judge panel of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a state rule that says even unpaid activists have to follow the same rules as professional lobbyists if they’re trying to influence lawmakers.
Dave Roland is with the Freedom Institute of Missouri, which is one of the agencies representing Ron Calzone. The panel vote was 2-1 which Roland says makes them optimistic that they can get the court as a whole to hear the case. They’ll be filing that request within the next two weeks.