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Minnesota campaign donor restriction blocked by federal judge
Pioneer Press ^ | 5-19-14 | doug belden

Posted on 05/19/2014 8:22:17 PM PDT by TurboZamboni

A federal judge on Monday blocked Minnesota officials from enforcing a state campaign finance law on donations.

The Minnesota law's days were numbered, observers say, after a U.S. Supreme Court decision in a separate case last month. That ruling, in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, struck down aggregate contribution limits in federal campaigns.

About a week after it was announced, a group of Minnesota candidates and donors filed a First Amendment challenge to the state's "special sources" limit, which says no more than 20 percent of the total raised by a candidate can come from political action committees, lobbyists and large donors.

U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank said that he may not agree with the Supreme Court's decision but that he felt it required him to rule that the four plaintiffs -- two Republican state House candidates and two donors -- deserve the injunctive relief.

He granted a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction blocking campaign officials from enforcing the law as applied to individual large donors.

Under Minnesota law, donors are limited in how much they can give to a candidate. The amount varies by the office sought.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: campaign; donors; mn

1 posted on 05/19/2014 8:22:17 PM PDT by TurboZamboni
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To: TurboZamboni

As long as I know who’s buying my congressmen I don’t care how much money they cost!

2 posted on 05/19/2014 10:11:56 PM PDT by cartoonistx
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To: cartoonistx

Evil Koch brothers!

3 posted on 05/20/2014 4:36:02 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.-JFK)
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