April 29, 2015 •
Supreme Court Upholds Florida Restriction on Judicial Campaign Solicitations
The Supreme Court today upheld a Florida campaign finance restriction prohibiting judicial candidates from personally soliciting donations. In a 5-4 decision, the Court rejected First Amendment concerns, ruling states may choose to elect their judiciary but are not required to treat judicial candidates like politicians.
Though candidates may not solicit contributions, the Florida law allows others, such as campaign managers and friends, to do so on their behalf.
Chief Justice Roberts stated the case was a rare instance where the state, in trying to maintain the integrity of the bench, has a compelling interest in restricting speech.
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