Washington State AG appeals campaign finance ruling
By Kyle Maichle
A spokesperson for Attorney General Rob McKenna told the Associated Press that the state is filing an appeal with the San Francisco-based Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals over federal judge Ronald Leighton's ruling that struck down a $5,000 contribution limit to ballot measure committees in the final 21 days before an election.
FamilyPAC sued the Washington Public Disclosure Commission claiming that the contribution limits violate the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution on the basis of free speech. The pro-family political organization felt that the limits prevented them from influencing R-71 on the November 2009 ballot.
No date has been set on when oral arguments would be held.