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4th Circuit upholds blanket ban on political donations (access required)

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has struck down an unprecedented constitutional challenge to a North Carolina law that bars lobbyists from giving money to political candidates seeking state office. The Nov. 7 decision in Preston v. Leake delves into the murky First Amendment implications of political contributions as gestures of free speech and follows in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling last year in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.

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