5th Circ. Axes Texas Ban On Corporate PAC Donations

Law360, Houston (October 16, 2013, 9:08 PM EDT) -- The Fifth Circuit said Wednesday that a Texas law barring corporate contributions to political committees couldn't be enforced against groups that aren't directly affiliated with a candidate for public office, finding the law violated the groups' right to free speech.

Affirming a preliminary injunction issued in favor of Texans for Free Enterprise, the appeals court said provisions of the Texas Election Code that outlaw corporate donations to independent political committees “in connection with a campaign for elective office” runs afoul of U.S. Supreme Court precedent finding...
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