City Can Limit PAC Dollars

A federal judge has tossed a challenge brought against San Jose's law limiting candidate donations from political action committees. The ruling will likely have an ...
by | October 15, 2008

A federal judge has tossed a challenge brought against San Jose's law limiting candidate donations from political action committees. The ruling will likely have an impact on cases in San Francisco and Oakland, the SF Chronicle reports:

The 1993 San Jose ordinance, approved by the City Council and the voters, sets a $250 limit on individual donations to any independent committee that supports or opposes a candidate for mayor or the council.

A Chamber of Commerce political committee sued to overturn the ordinance and U.S. District Judge James Ware halted enforcement of it in 2006, saying it violated freedom of expression. The committee had accepted contributions well above the $250 limit to oppose Councilwoman Cindy Chavez in the primary election for mayor, a race she ultimately lost to Chuck Reed.

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