Lawsuit Challenges Illinois Judicial Contribution Limits - State and Federal Communications

August 4, 2022  •  

Lawsuit Challenges Illinois Judicial Contribution Limits

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A former Illinois attorney who lives in Texas and two PACs have filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Chicago challenging the recently passed restrictions on political contributions on judicial candidates.

The lawsuit argues that the prohibitions on a candidate political committee established to support or oppose a candidate seeking nomination to the Supreme Court, Appellate Court, or Circuit Court from accepting contributions from any entity that does not disclose the identity of those who make contributions to the entity, and from accepting contributions from any out-of-state person violate free-speech rights established in the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Citizens United decision, which opened the door to unlimited political contributions.

Filed by the conservative Liberty Justice Center on behalf of John Matthew Chancey, Fair Courts America and Restoration PAC three months before an election for two state Supreme Court races, the lawsuit asks the federal court to grant a preliminary injunction blocking the restrictions and to overturn them as unconstitutional.

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