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Thursday, August 08, 2002



Second Circuit holds that legislative imposed limits on campaign spending are constitutional

A three-judge panel of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in a 2-1 decision that a Vermont law which limits the amount of money a candidate can spend on campaigns is constitutional, departing from Supreme Court decisions holding that spending money in a campaign was speech that was protected under the First Amendment. Circuit Judge Chester J. Straub, author of the majority opinion, contended that the ruling does not conflict with Buckley v. Valeo, the 1976 Supreme Court decision barring expenditure limits. Instead, he argued that Vermont lawmakers had demonstrated the dangers of denying public access to politicians and shown the corrupting effects of fundraising to justify campaign spending limits.

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