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4th Circuit upholds blanket ban on political donations (access required)

ACLU lobbyist makes a free-speech argument against law that prohibits her from making political contributions

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has struck down an unprecedented constitutional challenge to a North Carolina law that bars lobbyists from giving money to political candidates seeking state office. The Nov. 7 decision in Preston v. Leake delves into the murky First Amendment implications of political contributions as gestures of free speech and follows in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling last year in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. In Citizens United the court ruled 5-4 that laws preventing corporations or unions from paying for political ads that endorsed candidates violated free speech rights. Opponents worried that the controversial ruling would allow lobbyists to wield corporate cash as a powerful influence over politicians.

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