Wisconsin Campaign Law Falls To Citizens United

Yesterday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit struck down a Wisconsin law limiting the amount an individual may contribute to corporations and other independent groups seeking to influence elections to $10,000. According to the court’s opinion, “Citizens United held that independent expenditures do not pose a threat of actual or apparent quid pro quo corruption, which is the only governmental interest strong enough to justify restrictions on political speech. Accordingly, applying the $10,000 aggregate annual cap to contributions made to organizations engaged only in independent spending for political speech violates the First Amendment.”