Citizens for Clean Government v. City of San Diego

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Citizens for Clean Government v. City of San Diego is the name of a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of restrictions on contributions to recall campaigns, which was ultimately decided in favor of Citizens for Clean Government in the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, overturning a previous district court decision.[1]

The lawsuit was about a San Diego ordinance establishing a $250 maximum contribution limit to campaigns to recall city officeholders. The case was triggered by the attempt of Citizens for Clean Government to recall City Councilman Scott Peters in 2003. Cynthia Holcomb Hall, Michael Daly Hawkins, and Sandra S. Ikuta were the judges that made the final ruling in this case.[1][2]


A district court ruling originally decided in favor of the city, allowing the contribution limit. This decision, however, was appealed and in appeals the court ruled that the city could not present sufficient justification for the burden on free speech imposed by the contribution limit.[1]

The recall

Citizens for Clean Government were not successful in their recall attempt, however, as they did not collect the requisite signatures. Peters went on to win another election for the term beginning in 2004.[1]


The official plaintiff/appellant in this court case was Citizens for Clean Government, which is a committee to recall City Councilman Scott Peters.[2]

Attorney for the plaintiff

Steven W. Haskins and Margaret Pitchkolan of Haskins & Associates APC, Bonita, CA, were the lawyers representing the appellant.[2]


The chief official defendants/appellees in this case was the City of San Diego.[2]

Attorney for the plaintiff

The lawyers representing the City of San Diego were David Brodie and Robert J. Walters, Deputy City Attorneys.[2]

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