Federal appeals court upheld Minnesota campaign finance law

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On May 17, 2011, the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit upheld a Minnesota campaign financing law that prohibited direct contributions to candidates and affiliated entities. The law was challenged by two non-profit, advocacy organizations and a for-profit business, who argued that it was in violation of the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Committee. That decision made it unconstitutional to ban corporations from making independent expenditures, defined as political speech not coordinated with a particular candidate. Campaign finance regulation has been in a state of flux since that decision was reached, with legal challenges against related laws currently underway in Wisconsin and Arizona.



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