High Court Curbs Union Campaign Spending

Law360, New York (June 14, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Reversing a Washington Supreme Court decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that public-sector unions have no constitutional right to spend nonmembers' fees on election campaigns.

In response to the state court's ruling that a piece of state legislation that required nonmembers to opt in for their union funds to be used for political causes violated the First Amendment, the Supreme Court said that “no suppression of ideas is afoot, since the union remains as free as any other entity to participate in the electoral process...
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