Foster v. Dilger

Civil Action No. 3:10-41 (2010)

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Foster v. Dilger

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
Civil Action No. 3:10-41 (2010)

Facts

Benjamin Foster (plaintiff) sued Craig Dilger (defendant), chairman of the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance (the registry), and the registry to challenge Kentucky’s $100 limit on direct political contributions to school-board campaigns. The restrictions, found in KRS § 121.150(6), prohibited an individual from contributing more than $100 to a candidate for school board and imposed a criminal penalty for violation of the statute. Foster argued that his First Amendment rights of expression and association were unconstitutionally restricted by the donation limitations. Because independent expenditures in a school-board election can be significant, the low $100 contribution limit to an actual candidate for school board limits the candidate’s ability to run a successful campaign based on individual contributions. Foster sought a preliminary injunction to stop the enforcement of the limitation.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Reeves, J.)

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