Washington State AG appeals campaign finance ruling

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September 17, 2010

By Kyle Maichle

OLYMPIA, Washington: An appeal has been filed by the Washington Attorney General's office over a recent federal court ruling that struck down contribution limits to ballot measure campaigns[1].

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[1].

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[1].

No date has been set on when oral arguments would be held[1].

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