La. GOP Loses Bid To Use Soft Money On Federal Elections

Law360, New York (November 8, 2016, 6:37 PM EST) -- A Washington, D.C., federal court ruled Monday that Louisiana Republican officials can't spend "soft money" on federal elections, giving the Federal Election Commission a win against a challenge to decade-old laws.

The three-judge district court panel ruled that restrictions in 2002's Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act on soft-money contributions are valid under the First Amendment, rejecting claims from Louisiana's Republican Party and two local chapters that prohibitions on using state and local party contributions to conduct fundraising, voter registration activities and advocacy for and against candidates for federal office violate their free speech rights.

The First Amendment claims that the state GOP,...

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