NVRI CELEBRATES TWO MAJOR VICTORIES!
A WEALTH BARRIER FALLS IN PENNSYLVANIA!
In a major victory for non-wealthy candidates and voters, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled on September 11, 2003, that Pennsylvania may not impose a candidate filing fee on those who are unable to pay. By failing to provide an alternative means of ballot access, “the Commonwealth has made economic status a decisive factor in determining ballot access,” the Court declared. “It therefore has run afoul of the Supreme Court’s ballot access jurisprudence.”
ALASKA'S SOFT MONEY BAN UPHELD!
In a ruling that could influence the Supreme Court’s upcoming review of the new federal soft money restrictions, a federal appeals court held on August 12, 2003, that Alaska’s ban on soft money contributions to political parties is constitutional. The 3-0 ruling, issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, overturned a federal district court’s decision striking down the ban on First Amendment grounds.
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