SCOTUS asked to take up pro-union campaign ruling

Monday, September 10, 2018
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

pile of penniesA legal battle over campaign contributions from unions is far from over. 

Last Thursday, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court rejected a lawsuit from the Arizona-based Goldwater Institute seeking to overturn what it calls an unfair campaign finance loophole for unions.

"Massachusetts is one of a handful of states that have lopsided campaign finance rules," says Goldwater Institute attorney Jim Manley. "And what that means is that businesses are prohibited from giving even a dollar to a candidate, but unions and other groups are able to give, in Massachusetts, well beyond the ordinary limits."  

Goldwater Institute plans to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case, claiming that the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court failed to recognize that contributing money to a candidate is a "special form" of First Amendment activity.

The judicial court ignored that constitutional allowance, the attorney argues, which means businesses can't contribute but unions and other groups get the "special privilege" of doing so. 

If the Supreme Court takes up the case, it would not impact the upcoming elections.

OneNewsNow contacted Massachusetts AFL-CIO for comment and did not hear back by press time.

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