Repeal of Minnesota Campaign Giving Law Renders Lawsuit Moot
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A lawyer for a group challenging Minnesota restrictions on certain campaign donations has advised a federal judge that the case can be dismissed following changes to the state law made by the Legislature.
In a letter to the judge Wednesday, the Institute for Justice attorney said the First Amendment challenge was satisfied through actions of lawmakers. They repealed a law limiting the amount of money state candidates can take from lobbyists, political funds and big donors. Those limits had been on hold pending action in the legislative session.
The law in question said candidates could only accept 20 percent of their donations money from certain types of donors before lower limits kicked in. Similar federal candidate caps had been struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court.