North Carolina Constitution Party Files Lawsuit on Discriminatory Campaign Donation Limits
Ballot Access News
On January 3, the North Carolina Constitution Party filed a federal lawsuit against a state campaign finance law that does not let individuals donate as much money to an unqualified party as to a qualified party. Constitution Party of N.C. v Strach, w.d., 3:18cv-6. It is assigned to Judge Graham Mullen, a Bush Sr. appointee.
The U.S. Supreme Court has made a clear that the only constitutional justification for limits on donations to political parties is to prevent bribery and corruption. The more power a political party has, the more justification there is to limit donations, according to the Court. So it makes no sense for any state to set a lower limit for parties with virtually no political power, compared to limits on the major parties.