Missourians for Fiscal Accountability v. Klahr

In Missouri, individuals wishing to receive or spend money to advocate for or against a ballot measure must register as a “campaign committee” at least 30 days prior to the vote. Eighth Circuit: The 30-day blackout period violates the First Amendment. (True story: A learned scholar once conducted an experiment where 255 participants, mostly grad students, filled out the appropriate paperwork to comply with Missouri and two other states’ rules for campaign committees. Not a single one did it right. All could have faced legal liability had it been a real-world exercise.)

Tags: 2018, Eighth Circuit, Election Law, First Amendment

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