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Federal Judge Blocks Ballot Initiative Contribution Limits

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A federal court ruling issued Thursday finds a new Florida law to limit donations to citizen-led ballot initiatives violates the First Amendment.

A federal court ruling issued Thursday finds a new Florida law to limit donations to citizen-led ballot initiatives violates the First Amendment.

The new law would’ve set a $3,000 limit on individual contributions to campaigns working to get state constitutional amendments on the ballot for a referendum.

U.S. District Court Judge Allen Winsor’s ruling finds the law violates donors’ First Amendment rights of free speech and association. Winsor writes legal precedent has established political committee contributions to ballot initiatives are a form of expression.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida filed the suit soon Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the measure into law in May.

This is the second recently-enacted state law a federal judge has temporarily blocked from taking effect this week. Late Wednesday, a U.S. District Court ordered an injunction against a new state law that would've fined social media platforms up to $250,000 per day for de-platforming political candidates.

Both laws would've taken effect Thursday.

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Valerie Crowder is a freelance reporter based in Panama City, Florida. Before moving to Florida, she covered politics and education for Public Radio East in New Bern, North Carolina. While at PRE, she was also a fill-in host during All Things Considered. She got her start in public radio at WAER-FM in Syracuse, New York, where she was a part-time reporter, assistant producer and host. She has a B.A. in newspaper online journalism and political science from Syracuse University. When she’s not reporting the news, she enjoys reading classic fiction and thrillers, hiking with members of the Florida Trail Association and doing yoga.
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