Appeals Court Reinstates Campaign Finance Limits In Akron - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Appeals Court Reinstates Campaign Finance Limits In Akron

CINCINNATI (AP) - A three-judge federal appeals court panel has reinstated a campaign finance reform measure in Akron that limited contributions to candidates for city offices to either $100 or $300.

The larger amount is for mayoral and council-at-large candidates. The $100 limit is for ward council candidates.

A federal district judge found the limits unconstitutional in 1999, saying they were too low. He also struck down provisions limiting cash contributions to $25 and a requirement that donors disclose their home addresses.

Sixty-eight percent of the city's voters approved the measure in November 1998, when it was on the ballot. Three councilmen filed suit one month later to challenge the law.

Mayor Don Plusquellic says that the city will ask the entire court to rehear the case.

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