Institute for Free Speech Statement on Ruling in Holmes v. FEC

Court Upholds Illogical Limit on Campaign Contributions

Alexandria, VA –  The Institute for Free Speech released the following statement today regarding the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in Holmes v. Federal Election Commission:

“We are disappointed by today’s decision. The FEC has never shown that restricting campaign contributions on the basis of the time of year they are given prevents corruption. Nevertheless, the Court of Appeals deferred to Congress, and left intact a situation that is illogical and unfair to both candidates and donors. We are currently consulting with our clients to determine what our next steps will be,” said Institute for Free Speech Legal Director Allen Dickerson.

The Institute for Free Speech represents plaintiffs Laura Holmes and Paul Jost in the case. More information is available here.

About the Institute for Free Speech

The Institute for Free Speech is a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that promotes and defends the First Amendment rights to freely speak, assemble, publish, and petition the government. Originally known as the Center for Competitive Politics, it was founded in 2005 by Bradley A. Smith, a former Chairman of the Federal Election Commission. The Institute is the nation’s largest organization dedicated solely to protecting First Amendment political rights.

The Center for Competitive Politics is now the Institute for Free Speech.