Texas PAC Restriction Struck Down as Unconstitutional - State and Federal Communications

August 13, 2014  •  

Texas PAC Restriction Struck Down as Unconstitutional

US-CourtOfAppeals-5thCircuit-SealOn August 12, 2014, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a state law restricting expenditures by certain political committees.

The law prevented a general-purpose committee from making political expenditures of more than $500 until a treasurer appointment had been on file with the Ethics Commission for at least 60 days and contributions had been accepted from at least 10 persons.

The same restriction did not apply to specific-purpose committees. The court held the restriction to be an unconstitutional burden on free speech.

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