Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Another victory for free speech!

Court: No campaign finance limits for small groups

DENVER – A federal appellate court says a Colorado voter-approved amendment that limits campaign contributions from small groups is unconstitutional.

A 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled Tuesday in favor of six homeowners that fought a Parker city proposal to annex their subdivision.

The state law applies to any group of two or more people that spends more than $200 to pass out fliers or put up yard signs.

The issue is ripe for an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, which has lifted campaign contribution limits for corporations.

A lawyer for the homeowners says "there's no distinction between a little group and a large group spending money."

That attorney, Steve Simpson, says it is the first ruling in the nation where reporting requirements for issues-based group were deemed to violate the First Amendment.


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