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US Supreme Court rejects challenge to campaign law

November 4, 2013
Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court is rejecting a legal challenge to Florida regulations for groups of individuals who campaign for or against ballot initiatives.

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to consider an appeal filed by a libertarian legal organization. The initial lawsuit was filed in 2010 on behalf of three Sarasota residents who wanted to raise money for radio ads opposing a statewide initiative.

Both a district judge in Tallahassee and a federal appeals court rejected the challenge.

Under Florida law, whenever two or more people get together and spend as little as $500 to support or oppose a ballot issue, they are required to register with the state.

The Arlington, Va.-based Institute for Justice said the decision means they are conflicting rules now for different parts of the country.



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