December 22, 2011 •
Laws Found Constitutional After Citizens United
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK: The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has dismissed a challenge to the city’s campaign finance laws.
The laws which prohibit corporate contributions to political campaigns and require candidates to disclose contributions from people and groups that do business with the city were found to not violate constitutional free speech rights and to appropriately address the risk of corruption.
The plaintiffs argued that the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission made the laws unconstitutional. The Court rejected that argument, finding that Citizens United applies only to independent corporate expenditures, and not to contributions limits such as those enacted by New York City.
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