Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Limiting party use of donations unconstitutional, Libertarians claim in U.S. federal suit

Libertarian National Committee alleges Federal Election Commission violates Constitution | Legal News Line - Robbie Hargett:

February 6, 2016 - "The national committee of the Libertarian Party is suing the Federal Election Commission over claims its restrictions on donation usage are unconstitutional. The Libertarian National Committee filed a lawsuit Jan. 25 in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia....

"Joseph Shaber bequeathed $235,575.20, without restrictions, to the Libertarian National Committee. However, according to the suit, the Federal Election Commission applies annual contribution limits, currently $33,400, to political party committees.

"The suit claims that the party limit applies only where a contribution might be used for general communication and party-building, but it claims the government would allow the party committee to accept up to $100,200 per year from a particular contribution if the money were used for each of three government-approved purposes: a national convention, attorneys or a headquarters building.

"The suit states applying these content-based restrictions on use of funds is unconstitutional by infringing upon the speech rights of donors and donees."

Read more: http://legalnewsline.com/stories/510661444-libertarian-national-committee-alleges-federal-election-commission-violates-constitution
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