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1st Amendment Protects Political Contributions

Decided
Thu, 12/19/2013

Republican Party of New Mexico, et al. v. King, et al.: Before “Citizens United” in 2010, New Mexico had a campaign finance law that imposed limitations on the amount an individual may contribute to a political committee. Potential donors, political parties, and political committees challenged the law’s constitutionality, and the District Court agreed that it violated the 1st Amendment. On appeal, the defendants argued that the limitations furthered a compelling interest in preventing corruption.

Decision

The Tenth Circuit Court upheld the ruling that the state law could not be reconciled with Citizens United.

Read the full decision here