By Luke Wachob and Alex Baiocco
In a new Free Speech Index on political giving, Alaska, along with 10 other states, receives an ‘F’ grade.
In fact, Alaska’s contribution limits are so low that they are currently being challenged in federal court as an unconstitutional restriction on freedom of speech and association. Individuals in Alaska are prohibited from giving more than $500 per election cycle to candidates, and the state imposes the same low limit on individual contributions to political committees. And whereas a majority of states place no limit on individual giving to parties, Alaska limits both the amount individuals can give to parties and the amount of support parties can provide to a candidate. On top of all this, Alaska’s limits aren’t adjusted for inflation, meaning a citizen’s ability to support candidates will continually decline.