Appellate Court Enjoins Puerto Rico Campaign Finance Provisions - State and Federal Communications

October 22, 2012  •  

Appellate Court Enjoins Puerto Rico Campaign Finance Provisions

Coat of Arms of Puerto RicoThe United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit on October 19, 2012 ordered the district court to enjoin Puerto Rico from enforcing provisions of Law 222, a campaign finance law passed in 2011. The provisions in question required corporations and unions to establish separate committees in order to make independent expenditures.

Such committees were required to hold membership meetings and vote to approve expenditures related to elections. The court found those provisions were likely to be held unconstitutional regulations of political speech.

Coat of Arms of Puerto Rico courtesy of Creative Commons on Wikipedia.

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