April 11, 2016

Federal Judge Strikes Down Kentucky Corporate Contributions Ban

Holland & Knight Political Law Blog
Christopher DeLacy

On March 31, 2015, a federal court ruled that the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance can no longer enforce the state constitution’s prohibition on corporate contributions. While a challenge based on First Amendment grounds was rejected, the corporate ban was ultimately struck down by U.S. District Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove under an equal protection analysis - the contribution ban prohibited corporate contributions while allowing LLC and labor union contributions. 

The case is Protect My Check, Inc. v. Dilger.

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