Federal judges: Missouri PAC donation ban unconstitutional

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court ruling that Missouri’s ban on donations from one political action committee to another is unconstitutional.

The 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Monday ruled that the ban on PAC-to-PAC giving violates committees’ right to free speech.

A federal judge last year had blocked that ban and several other limits on political donations adopted by Missouri voters in 2016. The goal was to limit the role of money in politics.

The $2,600 contribution limit to individual candidates at the heart of the constitutional amendment still is in place.

The Missouri Attorney General’s Office represented the state Ethics Commission in defending the ban on PAC-to-PAC donations.

A spokeswoman for Attorney General Josh Hawley did not immediately return a request for comment Monday.

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