September 27, 2018 •
Nashville Court Rules Against State Over Contribution Black-Out Period
A judge in Tennessee’s Davidson County Chancery Court ruled against the state today, striking down a law prohibiting political action committees from making contributions to candidates after the 10th day before an election. Under the law, only political party committees can contribute to candidates in the 10-day window.
Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle ruled in favor of plaintiff Tennesseans for Sensible Election Laws based on insufficient facts from the state to overcome the plaintiff’s argument.
In asserting the prohibition was an overbroad speech restriction, the plaintiff argued elected officials and political parties were “reserving special treatment in the political process for themselves.”
Attorneys for the state announced their intention to file an appeal immediately.
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