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Albuquerque Mayoral Candidate Asks Tenth Circuit to Overturn Decision that Struck Down Ban on Corporate Contributions in City Elections

As noted earlier, on September 4, 2013, U.S. District Court Judge M. Christina Armijo struck down Albuquerque’s ban on corporation campaign contributions in city elections. The case was Giant Cab Company v Bailey, 13-cv-426. The outcome was surprising, because the U.S. Supreme Court has consistently upheld laws that ban corporation campaign contributions. Citizens United v FEC did not involve campaign contributions; instead it involved independent expenditures by corporations. But Judge Armijo said the city didn’t explain why the ban was needed, and therefore she invalidated it.

For a while it was thought that the decision could not be appealed, because the Mayor and a majority of the city council approved of the decision. However, Pete Dinelli has intervened in the case and has appealed the decision to the Tenth Circuit. Dinelli, a Democrat, placed second in each of the last two Mayoral races. In the Tenth Circuit, the case is 13-2176.

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  1. Baronscarpis

    “The outcome was surprising, because the U.S. Supreme Court has consistently upheld laws that ban corporation campaign contributions. Citizens United v FEC did not involve campaign contributions; instead it involved independent expenditures by corporations.”

    Since 1971, I believe, tobacco companies have not been able to advertise their products on American radio and television. I wonder if RJ Reynolds would object if the law were changed to allow Super PACS to buy the advertising for them?

    This distinction between contributing directly to a campaign and spending money on political ads on behalf of the campaign is the most monumental, steaming, stinking turd squeezed out of the USSC in the last 150 years.

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