Doug Seaton is a Minnesotan who cares deeply about public policy and Minnesota’s future. Because of this, he wants to support candidates who he thinks will work to enact the policies in which he believes. And, he believes that the best way to support the candidates he is passionate about is to give those candidates the contributions they need to spread their message to the public. But under Minnesota’s special sources limit, Doug is limited in the amount he can contribute if “too many” other donors contribute “too much” money before he does.
In the past, Doug has made contributions to candidates at the legal limit, only to later receive a phone call from the candidate’s campaign that the candidate has maxed out on special sources contributions. This meant Doug had to cut his contribution in half based on the irrelevant fact that someone else decided to exercise their First Amendment rights before he did.
First Amendment | Political Speech
Donors, Candidates Sue to Overturn Restrictive Campaign Finance Law: Minnesota Regulation Dishes Out First Amendment Rights on a First-Come, First-Served Basis
A Minnesota regulation dishes out First Amendment rights on a first-come, first-served basis.