July 3, 2017/Press

ICYMI: Texas Democrats defeat Republican State Expansion of Citizens United

Austin, TX — “Denying a challenge by a tea party group, the Texas Supreme Court on Fridayupheld several decades-old campaign finance and election laws, including state limits on political contributions from corporations.” [Statesman, June 30, 2017]

Democratic Victory:

  • “In the unanimous opinion, Texas’ highest civil court also upheld state requirements that campaigns report contributions and expenditures, and ruled that private groups can sue over alleged violations.” [Texas Tribune, June 30, 2017]

  • Texas Democratic Party Counsel Chad Dunn called the ruling “an important victory,” stating, “secret money in politics is corrosive to our democracy, which the Texas Legislature recognized decades ago…”[Texas Tribune, June 30, 2017]

Background:

  • The King Street Patriots countered, trying to “upend Texas election laws in the wake of a 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling — known as Citizens United…” [Texas Tribune, June 30, 2017]

  • The countersuit “challenged the constitutionality of Texas campaign finance laws, including state restrictions on corporate contributions, and the disclosure requirements mandated for PACs.” [Dallas Morning News, June 30, 2017]

  • “The case had threatened to outlaw such a ban and affect Texas donations like the landmark Citizens United Supreme Court case did for the federal system.” [Dallas Morning News, June 30, 2017]

Whats Next?

  • “Some questions in the case remained unresolved Friday…. The justices ruled that King Street Patriots was not a “political committee” under Texas law, based upon the “limited record” before the court, a determination that could change if Democrats presented more evidence.” [Texas Tribune, June 30, 2017]

 

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