JURIST: Federal appeals court rejects challenge to campaign finance law (In the News)

JURIST: Federal appeals court rejects challenge to campaign finance law

By Jennifer Suder

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday rejected a challenge to a campaign finance law that set limits on federal donations to primary and general elections.

The law placed a per-election donation cap: $2,600 for primary elections and $2,600 for general elections.

A Florida couple, Laura Holmes and Paul Jost, brought an action against the Federal Election Commission (FEC) in 2014, arguing that they should be able to donate $5,200 during the general election, rather than being forced to split the maximum donation between the primary and general elections. Further, they argued, if spending $5,200 over both elections does not raise undue prospect of corruption, then donating all of the money during the general election should similarly be permitted.

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