Sunday, December 4th, 2016

Another victory for free speech

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Wisconsin Right to Life won another victory for our First Amendment rights. A 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled Monday that Political Action Committees that do not coordinate with candidates can accept unlimited donations.

The appeals court said the donation limit can be exceeded while the underlying lawsuit is pending. Wisconsin Right to Life argues that the limits are an unconstitutional restriction on free speech.

Oral arguments were tentatively planned for September, after both the Aug. 9 elections targeting six Republican state senators and elections a week later involving two Democratic incumbents.

The three-judge panel noted in its decision that Wisconsin Right to Life was reasonably likely to win the case and not immediately lifting the cap would irreparably harm the group. It also noted that three other federal courts have said campaign contribution limits are illegal when applied to independent spending for political speech.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

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