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High court rejects challenge to Miss. campaign finance law

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court won’t hear an appeal challenging the constitutionality of a Mississippi campaign finance law that requires reporting by people or groups spending at least $200 to support or oppose a ballot measure.

The justices on Monday left in place an appeals court ruling that upheld the law over claims it is too burdensome.

Five Mississippi residents sued in 2011, arguing that the law limited their free speech and association rights. They were backing an initiative that voters ultimately approved to limit the government’s use of eminent domain to take private land. The group purchased posters, bought advertising in a local newspaper and distributed flyers to voters.

A federal judge ruled the $200 reporting threshold was too burdensome for smaller groups. But a federal appeals panel reversed that decision.


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