June 13, 2011 •
Ninth Circuit Issues Opinion in Thalheimer v. City of San Diego
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has issued an opinion in Thalheimer v. City of San Diego. The Court upheld San Diego’s prohibition on political contributions to candidates, political parties, and political action committees by non-individual entities such as corporations and labor unions.
The district court’s injunction of the prohibition on non-individual entity contributions as it applies to political party contributions to candidates was affirmed.
The Ninth Circuit further upheld San Diego’s law prohibiting contributions to candidates outside of a 12 month pre-election window.
The district court’s decision to preliminarily enjoin a $500 limit on contributions to political committees that make only independent expenditures, which includes contributions by individual and non-individual entities was affirmed.
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