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Republican Party Sues to Overturn San Diego Law Making it Illegal for Parties to Contribute to Candidates for City Office

Published on December 24, 2009, by in General.

On December 21, the San Diego County Republican Party, and other plaintiffs, filed a lawsuit in federal court against a San Diego city law that makes it illegal for political parties to contribute to campaigns of candidates running for city office. Here is the 29-page complaint, which also includes 39 pages of exhibits. The case is Thalheimer v City of San Diego, 09-cv-2862, southern district.

All city and county elections in California are non-partisan. However, in 1996 a U.S. District Court in California struck down a state law that made it illegal for political parties to endorse or support candidates in non-partisan elections. The 1996 case was California Democratic Party v Lundgren, 919 F.Supp. 1397.

The new San Diego lawsuit also challenges a ban on a candidate spending or raising money more than a year before the election. The individual candidate-plaintiff, Phil Thalheimer, points out that it is even illegal for him to spend his own money on his own potential campaign for city council in 2012.

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  1. Demo Rep

    How EVIL are the arrogant party hacks in the San Diego regime ???

    Is it trying to be a hereditary regime ???

    Mobilize the local Militia to overthrow such EVIL regime ???

    OR — perhaps just a few civil rights conspiracy cases in the local U.S.A. District Court — to put the EVIL MORONS in the regime in jail for about 200 years – for violating the 1st and 14th Amdts — along with $$$ damages to bankrupt the EVIL MORONS in the regime ???

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