Nebraska A.G.: Finance Law Likely Unconstitutional

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The Nebraska Attorney General's office says the state's 15-year-old campaign finance law would not likely survive a constitutional challenge.

The attorney general released an opinion this week saying the law appears unconstitutional. The opinion was requested by Frank Daley Jr., executive director of the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission, to gauge the impact of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in an Arizona campaign finance case.

The Arizona case revolved around the use of public financing for political candidates. The court ruled that the state's interest in equalizing electoral opportunities and combatting corruption did not outweigh the burden the law imposed on privately financed
candidates.

The attorney general opinion says Nebraska's campaign contribution limits are so intertwined with its public financing provisions that the two could not be enforced separately.


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