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Tenth Circuit Agrees with U.S. District Court that New Mexico Contribution Limits on Political Committees Are Likely Invalid

On December 18, the Tenth Circuit issued an opinion in Republican Party of New Mexico v King, 12-2015. The opinion agrees with the U.S. District Court, that New Mexico cannot limit individual contributions to most political committees, if those political committees will use the money to make independent expenditures for or against a candidate for state office. Even though the first-named plaintiff is the New Mexico Republican Party, this opinion only concerns contribution limits made to political committees that are not political parties. The plaintiffs that essentially won this case are New Mexicans for Economic Recovery PAC and New Mexico Turn Around.

This decision continues the trend in federal courts to give more protection to PACs than political parties receive. The opinion suggests that parties have fewer rights than other political committees. Thanks to Rick Hasen for the link.

One Response

  1. Demo Rep

    ANY mention of PACs in the 1st Amdt ???

    Again – see the *Of Corporations* chapter in Book I of Blackstone’s Commentaries — ignored by the SCOTUS MORONS.

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