Circuit Blocks Enforcement of PAC Contribution Limits

, New York Law Journal


Republican mayoral hopeful Joe Lhota could see a boost in support for his campaign, thanks to a preliminary injunction blocking enforcement of New York's $150,000 limit on individual donations to independent political action committees.

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  • Ravi Batra

    Citizens United is a powerful precedent, one that president Obama took note of at his State of the Union speech and Justice Alito made his presence known.

    Folks may well hate it or love it, but it is the law. Hence, Citizens United requires the injunction that is to issue lifting the 150,000 cap.

    Result: the public square will now be a contest of the decibel caused by the aggregate of strong lungs vs. deep pockets - as they are both speech, like it or not. One could argue that money is better spent in election cycles than being “gifted” as unseen and unrecorded corruption.

    The danger, however, is the secrecy of donors to 501c4s and 527s, and if there is no monitoring of such entities to insure that the “independent” PACs are truly independent and not illegally coordinating with the campaign or candidate with a “nod and a wink."

    Dated: 10/24/13

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