Eighth Circuit Enjoins Minnesota Campaign Finance Disclosure Law

On September 5, the Eighth Circuit enjoined a Minnesota campaign finance law that requires organizations that spend as much as $100 per year on independent expenditures about candidates for state and/or local office to have a separate bank account for its campaign spending and disclose contributions and expenditures. While the principle of disclosure for independent expenditures has been upheld by many other decisions, probably the limit’s very low limit of $100 tipped the balance against the Minnesota law. See this commentary about the decision, which is Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life v Swanson, 10-3126. The vote was 6-5, with all full-time judges of the Eighth Circuit participating.

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